Behind the Hymn: We’re Marching to Zion

We’re Marching To Zion is sometimes referred to by it’s opening line, Come We That Love

Isaac Watts

the Lord.

The hymn was written by Isaac Watts.  Watts was an English minister, hymnwriter, theologian and logician.  He wrote over 750 hymns and is known as the Father of English hymnody.

Marching to Zion may have been based on Jeremiah 31:6, “Arise ye, and let us go to Zion.”

Marching to Zion was first published in the 1707 hymnal Hymns and Spiritual Songs.

In 1867, composer Robert Lowry provided the melody we most often sing the song to today.  However, there are four earlier tunes that are still used with the lyrics on occasion.

Watts original hymn is said to have had ten stanzas, but only four are published in most hymnals.

Marching to Zion is an upbeat hymn through which singing it can help lift any bad mood.


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