Glorious things of thee are spoken

Glorious things of thee are spoken,
  Holy 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 blessed members,
  And all fear of want remove;
Who can faint, when such a river
  Ever flows their thirst t' assuage?
Grace which, like the Lord, the giver,
  Never fails from age to age.
Blest constituents of Zion,
  Washed in the Redeemer's blood;
Jesus, whom their souls rely on,
  Makes them kings and priests to God.
'Tis His love His people raises
  Over self to reign as kings:
And as priests, His worthy praises,
  Each his thankful offering brings.
Savior, if of Zion's city
  I, through grace, a member am,
Let the world deride or pity—
  I will glory in Thy name.
Fading is the worldling's pleasure,
  All his boasted pomp and show;
Solid joys and lasting treasure
  None but Zion's members know.
Ana Lara

Storrs, Connecticut, United States

One of the great hymns that the slave-trader, turned preacher, John Newton composed and published along with his friend, William Cowper was, “Glorious things of Thee are spoken. ”

In the first stanza: God’s Holy city having its foundation upon the ‘Rock of Ages’ and its walls surrounded by Christ’s salvation. This being God’s dwelling place!

The second stanza: Out of Zion flows streams of living water Whose source springs from the love of God. His believers are supplied and satisfied. This river that quenches our thirst is compared to the Lord Jesus supplying us with His grace, as the water of life.

In the third stanza the believers become the constituents of this glorious city; being redeemed by His blood and raised by His love to become kings and priests of God.

The fourth stanza the believers, members of Zion, glory in His name as they rise above derision and pity the world may have for them and as the pleasures of this world fade away for the solid joy and lasting treasure of being a member of this Holy city.

It was put to a musical tune by Franz-Josef Haydn, the famous Austrian composer. Haydn had written the music in celebration of the Emperor of Austria, it was used in conjunction with Austria‘s national anthem. Later, it was also adapted as a tune for the German national anthem. The hymn that Newton wrote, remains hundreds of years later, one of the great songs of worship in the church.


Cielito Sio

Paranaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines

See! Look! Turn!

oh my eyes, see! the streams of living waters springing from eternal love!

we are the blessed members, we are well supplied, we never lack anything!

the river is always flowing to ease our thirst!

Grace never fails, as the Lord never fails to give,

let us drink of this water, we will never faint!

John 7:38 - "He who believes into Me, as the Scripture said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water."

Iko Ayuba

Lagos, Nigeria

Blest constituents of Zion,

Washed in the Redeemer’s blood;

Jesus, whom their souls rely on,

Makes them kings and priests to God.

Godwin Iko Ayuba

Lagos, Nigeria

Thanks for Jesus




Allen In Christ

Lagos, Nigeria

Fading is the worldling’s pleasure,

All his boasted pomp and show;

Solid joys and lasting treasure

None but Zion’s members know.

Deborah D.

Sugarland, TX, United States

This is so inspiring and encouraging.

Thanks for this Hymnal website provision. I'm blessed.


Kampala, Uganda

Sang it this morning. It refreshed my soul.


United Kingdom

I was just reading in the scriptures and the reading in Proverbs and true wealth and false wealth made me think of a hymn. As this one talks of solid joys and lasting treasures none but Zion's children know.

Chukeuemeka Uyo

Enugu, Nigeria

Singing hymns gives my soul unbounded pleasure and deep appreciation to God. More so, it renews my faith in my believe in the one that wields the infinite power, the Ancient words.

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