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   Hymns of the Christian Church.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Latin Hymns
 
Urbs Sion Aurea
 
From “De Contemptu Mundi” By Bernard of Morlaix. Tr. J. M. Neale (cir. 1125)
 
 
JERUSALEM the golden,
  With milk and honey blest,
Beneath thy contemplation
  Sink heart and voice oppressed
I know not, O, I know not,        5
  What social joys are there,
What radiancy of glory,
  What light beyond compare!
 
They stand, those halls of Zion,
  Conjubilant with song,        10
And bright with many an angel
  And all the martyr throng.
And they who, with their Leader,
  Have conquered in the fight,
Forever and forever        15
  Are clad in robes of white.
 
Jerusalem the glorious,
  The glory of the elect,
O dear and future vision
  That eager hearts expect,        20
New mansion of new people,
  Whom God’s own love and light
Promote, increase, make holy,
  Identify, unite!
 

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