Words by:  Isaac Watts, (1674-1748) in 1707

Music by:  Robert Lowry (1826-1899)

Because of the controversy between singing of Psalms and the singing of hymns, the church decided to sing Psalms at the beginning of their service and then after the preaching, they would sing hymns. Many people who were still against the hymns would get up and leave the service at this time. Isaac Watts wrote the hymn, "We're Marching to Zion," to refute this practice of people walking out during the hymn singing. Just reads the words especially stanza two.

Back in the 17th and 18th centuries, the controversy in many congregations was whether psalms or hymns should be sung in church services.  Although some called his hymns “Watt’s Whims”, Isaac Watts was a lifelong champion of composed hymns at that time, which were not necessarily psalms.  “We’re Marching to Zion” is a result of Watts’ writing talents.   



Hymns of Glorious Praise, Springfield, Missouri:  Gospel Publishing House, 1969.

Isaac Watts (1674-1748)                   Robert Lowry (1826-1899)

LYRICS:  We're Marching to Zion
1.    Come, we that love the Lord, 
    and let our joys be known; 
    join in a song with sweet accord, 
    join in a song with sweet accord 
    and thus surround the throne,
    and thus surround the throne. 
    We're marching to Zion, 
    beautiful, beautiful Zion; 
    we're marching upward to Zion, 
    the beautiful city of God. 

2.    Let those refuse to sing 
    who never knew our God; 
    but children of the heavenly King, 
    but children of the heavenly King 
    may speak their joys abroad,
    may speak their joys abroad. 

3.    The hill of Zion yields 
    a thousand sacred sweets 
    before we reach the heavenly fields, 
    before we reach the heavenly fields, 
    or walk the golden streets, 
    or walk the golden streets. 

4.    Then let our songs abound, 
    and every tear be dry; 
    we're marching through Emmanuel's ground, 
    we're marching through Emmanuel's ground,
    to fairer worlds on high, 
    to fairer worlds on high.