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City of God, how broad and far
Tune: Richmond  
Metre: Common Metre  

 

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 manís 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 surgeís angry shock,

In vain the drifting sands:

Unharmed upon the eternal Rock

The eternal City stands.

 

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