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LAYING A CORNER-STONE.
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C. M,
The sure Foundation.
DEHOLD the sure Foundation-stone

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To build our heavenly hopes upon,

And his eternal praise.
2 Chosen of God, to sinners dear,
- We now adore thy Name;
We trust our whole salvation here,

Nor can we suffer shame.
3 The foolish builders, scribe and priest,

Roject it with disdain ;
Yet on this Rock the church shall rest,

And envy rage in vain.
4 What though the gates of hell withstood,

Yet must this building rise ;
'Tis thine own work, almighty God,

And wondrous in our eyes.
960

12th P. M. 76, 76, 78, 76.
The living Name.
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The true Foundation-stone,
And with those & cov'nant made

Who build on that alone :
Hear us, Architect divine !

Grent Builder of thy church below!
Now upon thy servants shine,

Who seek thy praise to show.
2 Earth is thine ; her thousand hills

Thy mighty hand sustains ;
Heaven thy awful presence fills;

O'er all thy glory reigns :

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Yet the place of all prepared,

By regal David's favour'd son, Thy peculiar blessing shared,

And stood thy chosen throne,
3 We, like Jesse's son, would raise

A temple to the Lord ;
Sound throughout its courts his praise,

His saving Name record ;
Dedicate a house to Him

Who once, in mortal weakness shrined, Sorrow'd, suffer'd, to redeem,

To rescue, all mankind. 4 Father, Son, and Spirit, send

The consecrating flame;
Now in majesty descend;

Inscribe the living Name:
That great Name by which we live,

Now write on this accepted stone;
Us into thy bands receive;

Our temple make thy throne.

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961

L. M.
Seeking a tabernacle,
THEN to the exiled seer were given

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All glorious though the visions were,
Yet he beheld no temple there.
2 The new Jerusalem on high
Hath one pervading sanctity;
No sin to mour, no grief to mar,
God and the Lamb its temple are.
3 But we, frail sojourners below,
The pilgrim-heirs of guilt and wo,
Must Reek a tabernacle where
Our scatter'd souls may blend in prayer,

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4 0 Thou ! who o'er the cherubim
Didst shine in glories veil'd and dim,
With purer light our temple cheer,
And dwell in unveil'd glory here.
962

L. M.
God's guardian presence.
THIS stone to thee, in faith, we lay;
Thine eye be open night and day,

To guard this house of prayer and praise. 2 Within these walls let heavenly peace

And holy love and concord dwell;
Here give the burden'd conscience ease,

And here the wounded spirit heal.
8 But will, indeed, Jehovah deign

Here to abide, no transient guest!
Here will our great Redeemer reign,

And here the Holy Spirit rest!
4 Ne'er let thy glory hence depart:

Yet choose not, Lord, this shrine alone;
Thy Spirit dwell'in every heart,

In every bosom fix thy throue. 963

5th P. M. 4 lines 78.
Jesus Christ the corner-stone.
N this stone, now laid with prayer,

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Ever, Lord, thy Name be knowi,
Where we lay this corver-stone.
2 Let thy holy Child, who came
Man from error to reclaim,
And for sinners to stone,
Bless, with theo, this corner-stone.
3 May thy Spirit here give rest
To the heart by sin oppress',
And the seeds of truth be sown,
Where we lay this corner-stone.

4 Open wide, O God, thy door,
For the outcast and the poor,
Who can call no house their own,
Where we lay this corner-stone.
5 By wise master-builders eqnared,
Here be living stones prepared
For the temple near thy throne
Jesus Christ its corner-stone.

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DEDICATION. 964

80 P. M. 4 68 & 9 8.
Invoking God's presence and blessing.
CREAT King of glory, come,
This temple as thy home,

This people as thine oun:
Beneath this roof, O deign to show
How God can dwell with men below,
; 2 Here may thine ears attend

Our interceding cries,
And grateful praise ascend,

Like incense, to the skies:
Here may thy soul-converting word
With faith be preach'd, in faith be heard,
3 Here may our unborn sons

And daughters sound thy praise,
And shine, like polish'd stones,

Through long-succeeding days :
Here, Lord, display thy saving power,
While temples stand and men adore.
4 Here may the list'ning throng

Receive thy truth in love :
Here Christians join the song

Of the redeem'd above:
Till all, who humbly seek thy face,
Rejoice in thy abounding grace.

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965

S. M.
The honor and safety of a nation.
CREAT is the Lord our God,
1 And let his pruise be great;
He makes his churches his abode,

His most deligbtful seat.
9 These temples of his grace,

How beautiful they stand :-
The honours of our native place,

And bulwarks of our land.
8 In Zion God is known,

A refuge in distress;
How bright has his salvation shone

Through all her palaces !
4 In every new distress

We'll to his house repair;
We'll think upon his wondrous grace,

And seek deliy'rance there.
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5th P. M. 4 lines 7s,
Prayer and praise.
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ORD of hosts! to thee we Wine
Thou thy people's hearts prepare,
Here to meet for praise and prayer.
2 Let the living here be fed
With thy word, the henvenly bread:
Here, in hope of glory blest,
May the dead be laid to rest.
8 Here to thee a temple stand,
While the sea shall gird the land:
Here reveal thy mercy sure,
While the sun and moon endure.
4 Hallelujah kearth and sky
To the joyful sound reply:
Hallelujah 1 hence ascend
Prayer and praiso till time shall end.

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