Round the Sacred City gather

Round the Sacred City gather.  Samuel John Stone* (1839-1900). Written ca. 1874 for the Church Defence Institution, and published in leaflet form for its meetings. It was published in the same year in Stone’s The Knight of Intercession (Third Edition). It was written during Stone’s time as curate at St Paul’s, Haggerston, London, and inscribed ‘to the Church Society’ of that church. It is a spectacular and militant hymn, defending the church at a time of controversy: John Colenso, who eight years earlier had been the cause of Stone’s most famous hymn, ‘The Church's one foundation’*, was still active as Bishop of Natal, in spite of an attempt to depose him by his superior. In 1874 he...

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