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2 To this temple, where we call thee,

Come, O Lord of hosts, to-day : With thy wonted loving-kindness,

Hear thy servants as they pray; And thy fullest benediction

Shed within its walls alway. 3 Here vouchsafe to all thy servants

What they ask of thee to gain, What they gain from thee forever

With the blessed to retain, And hereafter in thy glory

Evermore with thee to reign.

From the Latin. Tr. by J. M. Neale.

Christ, the Corner-stone.

N this stone, now laid with prayer,

Let thy church rise, strong and fair;
Ever, Lord, thy name be known,
Where we lay this comer-stone.
2 Let thy holy Child, who came
Man from error to reclaim,
And for sinners to atone,
Bless, with thee, this corner-stone.
3 May thy Spirit here give rest
To the heart by sin oppressed,
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 squared,
Here be living stones prepared
For the temple near thy throne,
Jesus Christ its Corner-stone.

John Pierpont.


Prayer and praise.
ORD of hosts! to thee we raise

Here a house of prayer and praise:
Thou thy people's hearts prepare,
Here to meet for praise and prayer.
2 Let the living here be fed
With thy word, the heavenly bread:
Here, in hope of glory blest,
May the dead be laid to rest.
3 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! earth and sky
To the joyful sound reply:
Hallelujah! hence ascend
Prayer and praise till time shall end.

James Montgomery. 859

L. M.
Laying the foundation.
LORD of hosts, whose glory fills


And yet vouchsafes, in Christian lands,
To dwell in temples made with hands;
2 Grant that all we who here to-day
Rejoicing this foundation lay,
May be in very deed thine own,
Built on the precious Corner-stone.
3 Endue the creatures with thy grace
That shall adorn thy dwelling place;
The beauty of the oak and pine,
The gold and silver, make them thine.
4 To thee they all pertain; to thee
The treasures of the earth and sea :
And when we bring them to thy thione
We but present thee with thine own.


5 The heads that guide endue with skill;
The hands that work preserve from ill;
That we, who these foundations lay,
May raise the topstone in its day.

J. Maeon Neale.


Jehovah's presence.

L. M.
OT heaven's wide range of hallowed space

Jehovah's presence can confine;
Nor angels' claims restrain his grace,

Whose glories through creation shine.
2 It beamed on Eden's guilty days,

And traced redemption's wondrous plan;
From Calvary, in brightest rays,

It glowed to guide benighted man.
3 Its sacred shrine it fixes there,

Where two or three are met to raise
Their holy hands in humble prayer,

Or tune their hearts to grateful praise.
4 Be this, O Lord, that honored place,

The house of God, the gate of heaven;
And may the fullness of thy grace

To all who here shall meet be given.
5 And hence, in spirit, may we soar

To those bright courts where seraphs bend;
With awe like theirs, on earth adore,

Till with their anthems ours shall blend.

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God's guardian presence.

L. M.
THIS stone to thee in faith we lay;

To thee this temple, Lord, we build;
Thy power and goodness here display,

Ånd be it with thy presence filled. .
2 Here, when thy people seek thy face,

And dying sinners pray to live,
Hear thou in heaven, thy dwelling-place,

And when thou hearest, Lord, forgive!

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3 Here, when thy messengers proclaim

The blessed gospel of thy Son,
Still, by the power of his great name,

Be mighty signs and wonders done. 4 But will indeed Jehovah deign

Here to abide, no transient guest ? Here will the world's Redeemer reign?

And here the Holy Spirit rest? 5 Thy glory never hence depart;

Yet choose not, Lord, this house alone; Thy kingdom come to every heart, in

every bosom fix thy throne.

James Montgomery.

The earthly and the hearenly temple.

L. M. INTER thy temple, glorious King!

And write thy name upon its shrine, Thy peace to shed, thy joy to bring,

And seal its courts forever thine. 2 Abide with us, O Lord, we pray,

Our strength, our comfort, and our light; Sun of our joy's unclouded day!

Star of our sorrow's troubled night! 3 If from thy paths our souls should stray,

Yet turn to seek thy pardoning grace, Cast not our contrite prayer away,

But hear from heaven, thy dwelling-place. 4 Grant us to walk in peace and love,

And find, at last, some humble place In that great temple built above,

Where dwell thy saints before thy face.

Mrs. Emily H. Miller,


L. M.
A humble offering to Jehovah.
HE perfect world by Adam trod,

Was the first temple, built by God;
His fiat laid the corner-stone,
And heaved its pillars one by one.

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Nathaniel P. Willis.

2 He hung its starry roof on high, The broad expanse of azure sky; He spread its pavement, green and bright, And curtained'it with morning light. 3 The mountains in their places stood, The sea, the sky; and all was good; And when its first pure praises rang, “The morning stars together sang. 4 Lord, 'tis not ours to make the sea, And earth, and sky, a house for thee; But in thy sight our offering stands,

A humbler temple, “made with hands."
Seeking a tabernacle.

L. M.
HEN to the exiled seer were given

Those rapturous views of highest heaven,
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 mourn, no grief to mar,
God and the Lamb its temple are.
3 But we, frail sojourners below,
The pilgrim heirs of guilt and woe,
Must seek a tabernacle where
Our scattered souls may blend in prayer.

4 O Thou, who o'er the cherubim
Didst shine in glories veiled and dim,
With purer light our temple cheer,
And dwell in unveiled glory here.
Invoking God's presence.

H. M.
REAT King of glory, come,

And with thy favor crown
This temple as thy home,

This people as thine own:
Beneath this roof, O deign to show
How God can dwell with men below.

George Robinson.

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