1000 Songs/Jerusalem the golden (Bernard of Cluny)

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Jerusalem the golden (Bernard of Cluny)

1000 Songs

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Bernard of Morlaix: Born: Early 12th Century, Morlaix, Bretagne, France.

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Jerusalem the Golden By: Bernard of Cluny

Jerusalem the golden,
descending from above,
the city of God's presence,
the vision of God's love
I know not, oh, I know not
what joys await us there,
what radiancy of glory,
what bliss beyond compare!

They stand, those halls of Zion,
all jubilant with song,
so bright with many an angel
and all the martyr throng.
The Prince is ever in them,
the daylight is serene;
the tree of life and healing
has leaves of richest green.

There is the throne of David,
and there, from pain released,
the shout of those who triumph,
the song of those who feast.
And all who with their leader
have conquered in the fight,
forever and forever
are robed in purest white.

How lovely is that city,
the home of God's elect!
How beautiful the country
that eager hearts expect!
O Christ, in mercy bring us
to that eternal shore
where Father, Son, and Spirit
are worshiped evermore

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Bernard of Cluny was an English man, but both of his parents were immigrants to the country. Much of his life was never recorded which makes this song ever more so valuable to us today. Bernard of Cluny went to the Abbey of Cluny and while he was here, he wrote some of the most popular hymns of the church.

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