Isaac Watts (1674 – 1748) was an English Christian hymn writer, theologian and logician. He has often been referred to as the "Father of English Hymnody.”
In 1707, the historic Hymns and Spiritual Songs was published. Watts had written most of these hymns in Southampton, England while in his late teens and early twenties. Included in the hymnbook was “Heavenly Joy on Earth,” better known today as, “Come, We That Love the Lord,” or “We’re Marching to Zion.”
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.