Jerusalem the golden

Jerusalem the golden. Bernard of Cluny* (12th century), translated by John Mason Neale* (1818-1866). This is the third hymn (in A&M) from the poem by Bernard of Cluny (or Morlaix), entitled De Contemptu Mundi (see ‘Hora novissima, tempora pessima sunt, vigilemus’*, and ‘Brief life is here our portion’*). This section of the poem begins ‘Urbs Sion aurea, patria lactea, cive decora’. Like the first two parts of hymn 142 in the First Edition of A&M, this hymn divides Neale’s continuous lines into 4-line stanzas. It became by far the best known of the three, usually set to the tune EWING, by Alexander Ewing*. This was chosen by William Henry Monk* for A&M, and although Samuel...

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