Nursery Rhymes

Holy City

Holy City Lyrics and Music

The reverent words and lyrics of the cherished hymn begin with "Last night I lay asleeping, There came a dream so fair" as the first line of the hymn. The words and lyrics of the "Holy City" hymn were written by its English author Frederick Edward Weatherly. The author of the hymn, Frederick Edward Weatherly, was born on October 4, 1848 and died on September 7, 1929. The invigorating music that accompanies the "Holy City" song of praise was composed by Michael Maybrick The composer of the music to the "Holy City" hymn, Michael Maybrick, was born on January 31, 1844 and died on August 25, 1913. We have placed "Holy City" in the category of Favorite Songs. Enjoy the elevating lyrics of this popular Christian song and classical church hymn.

Holy City Hymn
Title: Holy City *** Name of Composer: Michael Maybrick *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Frederick Edward Weatherly *** Hymns Category: Favorite Songs

Author of the Lyrics
The author of the inspirational words of the "Holy City" lyrics, Frederick Edward Weatherly (October 4, 1848-September 7, 1929), was born in Portishead, North Somerset, England and achieved fame as a poet, lawyer and hymn writer. He became famous as the lyricist for the songs 'Roses of Picardy' and 'Danny Boy'.

Holy City Lyrics

Last night I lay asleeping,
There came a dream so fair;
I stood in old Jerusalem
Beside the temple there.
I heard the children singing,
And ever as they sang,
Me thought the voice of angels
From heav'n in answer rang;
Me thought the voice of angels
From heav'n in answer rang.

Jerusalem! Jerusalem!
Lift up your gates and sing,
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna to your King!

And then methought my dream was chang'd,
The streets no longer rang,
Hush'd were the glad hosannas
The little children sang.
The sun grew dark with mystery,
The morn was cold and chill,
As the shadow of a cross arose
Upon a lonely hill,
As the shadow of a cross arose
Upon a lonely hill.

Jerusalem! Jerusalem!
Hark! how the angels sing,
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna to your King!

And once again the scene was chang'd,
New earth there seemed to be;
I saw the Holy City
Beside the tideless sea;
The light of God was on its streets,
The gates were open wide,
And all who would might enter,
And no one was denied.
No need of moon or stars by night,
Or sun to shine by day;
It was the new Jerusalem
That would not pass away,
It was the new Jerusalem
That would not pass away.

Jerusalem! Jerusalem!
Sing for the night is o'er,
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna forevermore!

Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of "Holy City", Michael Maybrick (January 31, 1844-August 25, 1913), was born in Liverpool, England and became famous as a Church organist, composer and musician.

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: Holy City
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Frederick Edward Weatherly (October 4, 1848 to September 7, 1929)
Nationality of Author: English

Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English

Name of Composer of Music: Michael Maybrick (January 31, 1844 to August 25, 1913)
Hymn Category: Favorite Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Last night I lay asleeping, There came a dream so fair"
First Publication Date: 1892

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