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Blessèd city! happy Salem!
Peace is thine eternal name!
Fashioned in celestial regions,
living stones have knit thy frame;
thou art decked by waiting angels,
like a Bride of saintly fame.
Blooming fresh, from heaven descending,
for the wedding-chamber dight,
as a fair affianced virgin,
fitted for her Bridegroom's sight;
all thy streets and walls are blazing,
built of gold, thrice-pure and bright.
Gleam with pearls thy sparkling portals;
open lie thy stretching shrines:
they, who for their Lord have suffered,
whom to crush the world combines,
there, by virtue of his merits,
every saint in glory shines.
Hammered stones of smoothest polish,
chiseled by divine command,
in their places are cemented
by the Builder's artful hand,
ranged throughout thy holy structures,
there for ever will they stand.
Glory, honor, praise, and power,
give the Father and the Son;
join the Spirit in the worship,
One in Three, and Three in One;
offer still the adoration,
while uncounted ages run!
Richard Corbet Singleton (1810-1881)