City of God, how broad and far (Thomas Haweis)
- Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-21). Score information: A4, 1 page, 45 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
- Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-21). Score information: A4, 1 page, 77 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.
Title: City of God, how broad and far
Composer: Thomas Haweis
Lyricist: Samuel Johnson (clergyman)
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Hymn Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard
2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 173
Description: A descant to the hymn can be found here.
Original text and translations
City of God, how broad and far
outspread thy walls sublime!
the true thy chartered freemen are
of every age and clime:
one holy church, one army strong,
one steadfast, high intent;
one working band, one harvest-song,
one King omnipotent.
How purely hath thy speech come down
from man’s primeval youth!
how grandly hath thine empire grown
of freedom, love, and truth!
How gleam thy watch-fires through the night
with never-fainting ray!
how rise thy towers, serene and bright,
to meet the dawning day!
In vain the surge’s angry shock,
in vain the drifting sands:
unharmed upon the eternal Rock
the eternal city stands.