JERUSALEM STUDY ABROAD January 1984 - June 1984: JERUSALEM SONGS
Below are the words to favorite songs about Jerusalem that appeared in the original memory book, Israel '84:
RISE, RISE, JERUSALEM
Jerusalem, Eternal City.
Jerusalem, Celestial City.
They call you the city of the Prophets;
They call you the city of the Kings;
From old, sacred places the bells ring out,
But from the place you killed Him no bells ring.
In Galilee, He taught them of your greatness;
From Jericho He climbed to Temple halls;
At Bethany He joyed in human friendship,
But tears He cried for you outside your walls.
Jerusalem, the Golden City.
Jerusalem, the Holy City.
I wonder why the blood goes on falling;
I wonder why the tears yet will flow;
Remembering the anguish in a garden;
How much of it you caused Him, you don't know.
When will the sun cease its shining?
Or when will the moon no longer glow?
If ever the city of the Master
Received Him as it did long ago.
Why do your walls go on weeping?
Why do your streets cry out still?
And why can't your people hear that voice
Calling from a lone, distant hill.
Rise, rise, Jerusalem, your past is no more.
Rise, rise, Jerusalem, your destiny calls.
You've suffered many centuries of exile,
And now come back to prove you're still His own.
Redeemed at last to serve Him as His city,
A thousand years He's glad to call you home.
Rise, rise, Jerusalem, your past is no more.
Rise, rise, Jerusalem, your destiny calls.
D. Kelly Ogden
JERUSALEM, JERUSALEM
(YERUSHALA'IM SHEL ZAHAV)
The olive trees that stand in silence
Upon the hills of time,
To hear the voices of the city
As bells of evening chime.
The shofar sounding from the Temple,
To call the world to prayer.
The shepherd pauses in the valley,
And peace is everywhere.
Chorus:
Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
Forever young yet forever old,
My heart will sing your songs of glory
Jerusalem.
Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
Oh city with a heart of gold,
My heart will sing your songs of glory
Jerusalem.
The water well for those who thirsted,
The ancient market square,
Your golden sun that lights the future
For all men everywhere.
How many songs, how many stories,
The stony hills recall.
Around her heart my city carries
A lonely, ancient wall.
Chorus
And far away beyond the desert
A thousand suns will glow.
We shall be going to the Jordan,
By way of Jericho.
My simple voice cannot acclaim thee,
Too weak the words I choose.
Jerusalem, if I forget thee,
May my right hand its cunning lose.
Chorus
Naomi Shemer
(English: Norman Newell)
THE HOLY CITY
Last night I lay a sleeping,
There came a dream so fair:
I stood in old Jerusalem,
Beside the temple there;
I heard the children singing,
And ever as they sang,
Methought the voice of angels
From heav'n in answer rang,
Methought the voice of angels
From heav'n in answer rang.
"Jerusalem! Jerusalem!
Lift up your gates and sing,
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna to your King!
And then, methought my dream was chang'd,
The streets no longer rang,
Hush'd were the glad Hosannas
The little children sang;
The sun grew dark with mystery,
The morn was cold and chill,
As the shadow of a cross arose
Upon a lonely hill,
The shadow of a cross arose
Upon a lonely hill.
"Jerusalem! Jerusalem!
Hark how the angels sing,
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna to your King!"
And once again the scene was chang'd,
New earth there seem'd to be,
I saw the Holy City
Beside the tideless sea;
The light of God was on its streets,
The gates were open wide,
And all who would might enter,
And no one was denied.
No need of moon or stars by night,
Or sun to shine by day,
It was the new Jerusalem
That would not pass away,
It was the new Jerusalem
That would not pass away.
Jerusalem! Jerusalem!
Sing for the night is o'er!
Hosanna in the highest,
Hosanna for evermore!
Hosanna in the highest,
Hosanna for evermore!
F. E. Weatherly
Last update: 13 Mar 2007
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