We’re Marching to Zion

Date recorded: October 24, 2014


Words by: Isaac Watts


Music by: Robert Lowry

Come, we that love the Lord,
And let our joys be known;
Join in a song with sweet accord,
Join in a song with sweet accord
And thus surround the throne,
And thus surround the throne.

Chorus

Let those refuse to sing,
Who never knew our God;
But children of the heavenly King,
But children of the heavenly King
May speak their joys abroad,
May speak their joys abroad.

Chorus

The hill of Zion yields
A thousand sacred sweets
Before we reach the heav’nly fields,
Before we reach the heav’nly fields,
Or walk the golden streets,
Or walk the golden streets.

Chorus

Then let our songs abound,
And every tear be dry;
We’re marching through Immanuel’s ground,
We’re marching through Immanuel’s ground,
To fairer worlds on high,
To fairer worlds on high.

Chorus

We’re marching to Zion,
Beautiful, beautiful Zion;
We’re marching upward to Zion,
The beautiful city of God.



Legacy Comments

Avril says:

October 03, 2013

It is so difficult to find the staff notation for this hymn as well as the many hymns in the Sacred Songs and Solos. I believe the book is out of print. Wish the would rethink and print this book again. Love the hymn too. But then again, I love music ……


k.arthur.perkins says:

August 05, 2011

There’s an interesting story behind this one… Protestant church music of the day was either traditional or based in scripture. Calvin and Luther based their songs on Scripture as a rule, so when Isaac Watts began to write on subjects outside of Scripture, some segments of the congregation did not like it, and would walk out in protest. So the words, “Let those refuse to sing/Who never knew our God” take on a whole new meaning in this light…


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