The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Glorious Jerusalem, Joy Of All The Earth

For Second Advent, Ascension and Pentecost

Words: William Chatterton Dix

Music: Not Stated

Orby Shipley, ed., Lyra Messianica: Hymns and Verses On The Life of Christ, Ancient and Modern (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1864), #299, pp. 353-354.

1. O Glorious Jerusalem, Joy of all the earth,
        Open wide thy pearly gates, uplift the strain of mirth;
Rejoice, rejoice, dear Mother, so beautiful and free,
    For behold, the King of Kings cometh wondrously to Thee.

2. All ye holy Angels, welcome back the Mighty Son ;
    The Cross and pain are over, the Victory is won ;
Hosannas in the highest, ye armies bright outpour,
    For the Lord God Omnipotent shall reign for evermore.

3. Ye Incense-clouds adore Him, ye swinging Censers greet,
    Thou Sea of crystal, thunder thy praises at His feet :
Oh, all is Joy within thee. City of living Light,
    And the Wounds of God Incarnate for aye shall make thee bright.

4. With Garments dyed, from Bozrah, the Victor comes alone ;
    Let every thing created His awful Conquest own ;
No more the bending Sceptre, no more the thorny Crown,
    The Lord hath triumphed gloriously, and all His foes cast down.

Note concerning mention of Bozrah in the first line of the 4th verse.

In some prophecy, Bozrah is identified as the place where the Messiah will return. See Isaiah 63 and Micah 2. Some have identified Bozrah as a sanctuary for believers from the armies of the Antichrist, that Christ will return to Bozrah and from there fight the forces of the Antichrist to the eastern walls of Jerusalem, overlooking the Kidron Valley, where the Antichrist will be destroyed.

Bozrah was an ancient city of the Edomites, the sons of Esau, and was famous for its vineyards. The pressing of the grapes had the effect of dying the garments worn by those who were doing the pressing.

Isaiah 63:1-2 (KJV):

Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?

Micah 2:12 (KJV)

I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as a flock in the midst of their pasture; they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men.

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