Appears in 21 hymnals Scripture: Psalm 48 Lyrics: 1 The Lord, the only God, is great,
and greatly to be prais'd
In Sion, on whose happy Mount
his sacred Throne is rais'd.
2 Her Tow'rs, the Joy of all the Earth
with beauteous Prospect rise;
On her North-Side th' Almighty King's
Imperial City lies.
3 God in her Palaces is known:
His Presence is her guard:
4 Confed'rate Kings withdrew their Siege,
and of Success despair'd.
5 They view'd her Walls, admir'd, and fled,
with Grief and Terror struck;
6 Like Women whom the sudden Pangs
of Travail had o'ertook.
7 No wretched Crew of Mariners
appear like them forlorn,
When Fleets from Tarshish' wealthy Coasts
by Eastern Winds are torn.
8 In Sion we have seen perform'd
a Work that was foretold,
In Pledge that God, for Times to come,
His City will uphold.
9 Not in our Fortresses and Walls
did we, O God, confide;
But on the Temple fix'd our Hopes,
in which thou dost reside.
10 According to thy Sov'reign Name,
thy Praise thro' Earth extends;
Thy pow'rful Arm, as Justice guides,
chastises, or defends.
11 Let Sion's Mount with Joy resound,
her Daughters all be taught,
In Songs his Judgments to extol,
who this Deliv'rance wrought.
12 Compass her Walls in solemn Pomp;
your Eyes quite round her cast;
Count all her Tow'rs, and see if there
you find one Stone displac'd.
13 Her Forts and Palaces survey;
observe their Order well;
That, with Assurance, to your Heirs
this Wonder you may tell.
14 This God is ours, and will be ours,
whilst we in Him confide;
Who, as He has preserv'd us now,
till Death will be our Guide.
The Lord, the only God, is great