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Lord’s Day 34, 2008

I reioyced, when they sayd to me, We wil go into the house of the Lord. (Psalme 122:1)


Who Are These, and Whence Came They?
Horatius Bonar (1808–1889) “Et de Hierosolymis et de Britannia aequaliter patet aula coelestis.” —Jerome. Ep. ad Paulinum.

Not from Jerusalem alone,
To heaven the path ascends;
As near, as sure, as straight the way
That leads to the celestial day,
From farthest realms extends;
Frigid or torrid zone.

What matters how or whence we start?
One is the crown to all;
One is the hard but glorious race,
Whatever be our starting-place;”
Kings round the earth the call
That says, Arise, Depart!

From the balm-breathing, sun-loved isles
Of the bright Southern Sea,
From the dead North’s cloud-shadow’d pole,
We gather to one gladsome goal,—
One common home in Thee,
City of sun and smiles!

The cold rough billow hinders none;
Nor helps the calm, fair main;
The brown rock of Norwegian gloom,
The verdure of Tahitian bloom,
The sands of Mizraim’s plain,
Or peaks of Lebanon.

As from the green lands of the vine,
So from the snow-wastes pale,
We find the ever open road
To the dear city of our God;
From Russian steppe, or Burman vale,
Or terraced Palestine.

Not from swift Jordan’s sacred stream
Alone we mount above;
Indus or Danube, Thames or Rhone,
Rivers unsainted and unknown;—
From each the home of love
Beckons with heavenly gleam.

Not from gray Olivet alone
We see the gates of light;
From Morven’s heath or Jungfrau’s snow
We welcome the descending glow
Of pearl and chrysolite,
And the unsetting sun.

Not from Jerusalem alone
The Church ascends to God;
Strangers of every tongue and clime,
Pilgrims of every land and time,
Throng the well-trodden road
That leads up to the throne.

Horatius Bonar, Hymns of Faith and Hope, First Series (James Nisbet & Co., 1876).

Psalme 122 (Geneva Bible)
A song of degrees, or Psalme of David.

1 I rejoiced, when they sayd to me, We wil go into the house of the Lord.
2 Our feete shall stand in thy gates, O Ierusalem.
3 Ierusalem is builded as a citie, that is compact together in it selfe:
4 Whereunto the Tribes, euen the Tribes of the Lord go vp according to the testimonie to Israel, to prayse the Name of the Lord.
5 For there are thrones set for iudgement, euen the thrones of the house of Dauid.
6 Pray for the peace of Ierusalem: let them prosper that loue thee.
7 Peace be within thy walles, and prosperitie within thy palaces.
8 For my brethren and neighbours sakes I will wish thee now prosperitie.
9 Because of the House of the Lord our God, I will procure thy wealth.

Grace be with you, and Peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Posted 2008·08·24 by David Kjos
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