That sums up pretty well @DaveBj how I picture it having been sung , in a home with piano accompaniment .
From what I know The Holy City was popular in my grandmother’s days .
I’ve just Googled and come up with this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holy_City_(song)
I still like it . My parents had it on an old 78 RPM Record . So I heard it a lot .