Draw nigh to thy Jerusalem, O Lord

Draw nigh to thy Jerusalem, O Lord. Horatio Bolton Nelson* (1823-1913), based on Jeremy Taylor* (1613-1667). This is a version, in a regular metre for singing, of a poem by Taylor entitled ‘The Second Hymn for Advent; or Christs coming to Jerusalem in triumph’, first published in The Golden Grove (1655), in a section entitled ‘Festival Hymnes’. On the following page these hymns were described as ‘Hymns, Celebrating the Mysteries and Chief Festivals of the Year, according to the manner of the Ancient Church: fitted to the fancy and devotion of the younger and pious persons. Apt for memory, and to be joined to their other Prayers.’ It was the second of two ‘Hymns for Advent, or the weeks...

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