632. In the Name which Earth and Heaven

1 In the name which earth and heaven
Ever worship, praise, and fear,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Shall a house be builded here,
Here with prayer its deep foundations,
In the faith of Christ, did lay,
Trusting by His help to crown it,
With the top-stone in its day.

2 Here as in their due succession
Stone on stone the men did place.
Thus, we pray, unseen, but surely,
Jesus, build us up in grace,
Till, as in these walls completed,
We complete in Thee are found
And to Thee, the one Foundation,
Strong and living stones, are bound.

3 Fair shall be Thine earthly temple:
Here the careless passer-by
Shall bethink him, in its beauty,
Of the holier house on high.
Weary hearts and troubled spirits
Here shall find a still retreat;
Sinful souls shall bring their burden
Here to the Absolver's feet.

4 Yet with truer, nobler beauty,
Lord, we pray, this house adorn,
Where Thy Bride, Thy Church redeem├Ęd,
Robes her for her marriage morn;
Clothed in garments of salvation,
Rich with gems of heavenly grace,
Spouse of Christ, arrayed and waiting
Till she may behold His face.

5 Here in due and solemn order
Shall her ceaseless prayer arise;
Here shall strains of holy gladness
Lift her heart above the skies;
Here the Word of Life be spoken;
Here the child of God be sealed;
Here the Bread of Heaven be broken,
"Till He come," Himself revealed.

6 Praise to Thee, O Master Builder,
Maker of the earth and skies;
Praise to Thee, in whom Thy temple
Fitly framed together, lies;
Praise to Thee, eternal Spirit,
Binding all that lives in one
Till our earthly praise be ended
And th'eternal song begun!


Text Information
First Line: In the name which earth and heaven
Title: In the Name which Earth and Heaven
Author: John Ellerton (1871, alt.)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Topic: Special Occasions: Corner-Stone Laying
Tune Information
Key: G Major
Source: "Musikalischer Christenschatz," Basel, 1745

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