1 O God of Zion! from thy throne,
Look with an eye of pity down;
Thy church now humbly makes her prayer--
Thy church, the object of thy care.
2 We are a building thou hast rais'd,
How kind thy hand, that hand be prais'd:
Yet all to utter ruin falls,
If thou forsake our tott'ring walls.
3 We call to mind the happier days
Of life and love, of prayer and praise,--
When holy services gave birth
To joys resembling heaven on earth.
4 but now the ways of Zion mourn,
Her gates neglected and forlorn:
Our life and liveliness are fled,
And many number'd with the dead.
5 We need defence from all our foes,
We need relief from all our woes;
If earth and hell should yet assail,--
Let neither earth nor hell prevail.
6 Near to each other and to thee,
Lord, bring us all in unity;
Oh pour thy Spirit from on high,
And all our num'rous wants supply.
7 Oh show that in our low estate,
No blessing for us is too great;
We plead thy Son, we plead thy word,
O Founder, Patron, bounteous Lord!
O God of Zion, from Thy throne. [Prayer on behalf of the Church.] This hymn appeared anonymously in the 1800 edition of Rippon's Baptist Selection, No. 427, Pt. ii., in 7 stanzas of 4 lines. In Beddome's posthumous Hymns, 1817, No. 654, there is a hymn in 4 stanzas of 4 lines beginning, "Look with an eye of pity down," which is probably the original of that in Rippon's Selection If this is so Dr. Rippon must have had a maanuscript copy of the hymn from Beddome. No. 289 in the Presbyterian Selection of Hymns, Philadelphia, 1861, is Rippon's text with the omission of stanzas ii. and vii.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)