Movie 4min

The Holy City (1903)

Not rated.

Country United States
Language English
Budget $5,000
Angels Based on Song Black and White Choir Drama Dreams Jerusalem Short Silent Film

We are the first to attempt to make a Motion Picture of this well known song ("Last night I lay sleeping, There came a dream so fair..."), and after the expenditure of several thousand dollars and two month's labor, we have succeeded in producing a masterpiece. There is nothing like it anywhere, and you want it if you are looking for a feature film. This film will remain on the screen as long as it requires to sing the song. In 38 Life Motion Tableaux.

Source: Lubin Catalog

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
Methought the voice of Angels
From Heaven 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
Hushed 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
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem!
Hark! How the Angels sing,
Hosanna in the highest,
Hosanna to your King!"
And once again the scene was changed
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
"Jerusalem! Jerusalem
Sing for the night is o'er
Hosanna in the highest
Hosanna for evermore!"

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Frederick Edward Weatherly - Writer (Song)