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Religious Music – The Holy City lyrics

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,
Me thought the voice of angels
From heaven in answer rang
Me thought the voice of angels
From heaven in answer rang.

Jerusalem! Jerusalem!
Lift up your gates and sing,
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna to your King!

And then me thought my dream was changed,
The streets no longer rang,
Hushed 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.

Jerusalem! Jerusalem!
Hark! How the angels sing,
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna to your King!

And once again the scene was changed;
New earth there seemed to be;
I saw the Holy City
Beside the tideless sea.

The light of God was on it's 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.

Jerusalem! Jerusalem!
Sing for the night is o'er!
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna for evermore!

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    Sarah Davis
    I cannot find any connection between this song and Mormonism. I read one attempt to link it to Freemasonry, but the account seemed stretched to me. As far as I can tell, it is simply a "Victorian ballad" style Christian song, which "combines phrases and thoughts from verses in The Psalms, The Gospel of Matthew and The Revelation of John". The first part describes Jerusalem at the time of Christ's triumphal entry, the second part describes Jerusalem when Christ was crucified, and finally the New Jerusalem that is yet to come is featured at the end. The Cross is given the central message. The lines, "The gates were open wide, / And all who might enter, / And no one was denied" might be construed as universalist, but more likely are due to the New Jerusalem being part of the New Earth, when all of the rebellious have been cast into the Lake of Fire. (Revelation 20:10-15, and chapters 21-22)
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    It was a dream that one of the great men in mormon history had of the new jerusalem. It was a perfect place that was welcoming to any and all. The kingdom of god that we are all waiting on to be established back to the earth. They lds church to be cleansed and purfied and back to what it was when the prophet joseph smith set it up in the beginning with plural marroage back on the earth.
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