O thou not made with hands (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2020-12-15)  CPDL #61991:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-12-15).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 39 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
  • (Posted 2020-12-15)  CPDL #61990:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-12-15).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 111 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.

General Information

Title: O thou not made with hands
Composer: Anonymous
Tune: Old 120th
Lyricist: Francis Turner Palgrave

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 66. 66. 66

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published: 1570
  2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 174
Description: Melody from Psalms, 1570

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Original text and translations

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O thou not made with hands,
not throned above the skies,
nor walled with shining walls,
nor framed with stones of price,
more bright than gold or gem,
God’s own Jerusalem!

Where’er the gentle heart
finds courage from above;
where’er the heart forsook
warms with the breath of love;
where faith bids fear depart,
City of God, thou art.

Thou art where’er the proud
in humbleness melts down;
where self itself yields up;
where martyrs win their crown;
where faithful souls possess
themselves in perfect peace;

where in life’s common ways
with cheerful feet we go;
where in his steps we tread,
who trod the way of woe;
where he is in the heart,
City of God, thou art.

Not throned above the skies,
nor golden-walled afar,
but where Christ’s two or three
in his name gathered are,
be in the midst of them,
God’s own Jerusalem.