Elgar, Edward: Great is the Lord

Great is the Lord (1912)

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful in elevation – the joy of the whole earth – is mount Zion on the sides of the north, the city of the great King. God hath made himself known in her palaces for a refuge.
For lo! the kings assembled themselves; they passed by together. They saw, then were they amazed; they were dismayed, they hasted away. Trembling took hold of them there; pain, as of a woman in travail; as with the east wind that breaketh the ships of Tarshish.
As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever.
We have thought on thy loving kindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple. As is thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth; thy right hand is full of righteousness.
Let Mount Zion be glad, because of thy judgements, let the daughters of Judah rejoice. Walk about Zion and go round about her; tell the towers thereof, mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces, that ye may tell it to the generation following. For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death. Amen.

Words: Psalm 48
Music: Edward Elgar (1857–1954)