It’s time for John Newton’s Glorious Things Of The Are Spoken to be posted here.
Though nowhere near as popularly known as Amazing Grace, this set of lyrics abound with Scriptural allusion providing a veritable biblical theology of God’s eternal purpose to save and preserve for Himself a people to the glory of His name.
Set to Haydn’s tune Austrian Hymn or Austria, the melody reflects the glory which the words strive to describe.
It can also be sung to Hyfrydol or Abbot’s Leigh which provide more reflective expression.
Glorious things of thee are spoken,
Zion, city of our God.
He, whose word cannot be broken
formed thee for his own abode.
On the Rock of Ages founded,
what can shake thy sure repose?
With salvation’s walls surrounded,
thou may’st smile at all thy foes.
See, the streams of living waters,
springing from eternal love,
Well supply thy sons and daughters
and all fear of want re move.
Who can faint while such a river
ever flows their thirst to assuage?
Grace, which like the Lord, the giver,
never fails from age to age.
Round each habitations hovering,
see the cloud and fire appear
For a glory and a covering,
showing that the Lord is near.
Thus deriving from their banner
light by night and shade by day,
Safe they feed upon the manna
which God gives them on their way.
Saviour, since of Zion’s city
I through grace a member am,
Let the world deride or pity,
I will glory in your name.
Fading are the world’s best pleasures,
all its boasted pomp and show;
Solid joys and lasting treasures
none but Zion’s children know.
Here’s a basic choral rendition. Some variation in lyrics.
I was surprised there wasn’t more to choose from on youtube.