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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
140. The City of God
By Francis Turner Palgrave  (1825–1897)

O THOU not made with hands,
  Not throned above the skies,
Nor wall’d with shining walls,
Nor framed with stones of price,
  More bright than gold or gem,        5
  God’s own Jerusalem!
Where’er the gentle heart
Finds courage from above;
Where’er the heart forsook
Warms with the breath of love;       10
  Where faith bids fear depart,
  City of God! thou art.
Thou art where’er the proud
In humbleness melts down;
Where self itself yields up;       15
Where martyrs win their crown;
  Where faithful souls possess
  Themselves in perfect peace.
Where in life’s common ways
With cheerful feet we go;       20
When in His steps we tread
Who trod the way of woe;
  Where He is in the heart,
  City of God! thou art.
Not throned above the skies,       25
Nor golden-wall’d afar,
But where Christ’s two or three
In His name gather’d are,
  Be in the midst of them,
  God’s own Jerusalem!       30



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