633. O Lord of Hosts, Whose Glory Fills

1 O Lord of hosts, whose glory fills
The bounds of the eternal hills
And yet vouchsaf'st, in Christian lands,
To dwell in temples made with hands.

2 Grant that all we who here today
Rejoicing this foundation lay
May be in very deed Thine own.
Built on the precious Cornerstone.

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 belong, to Thee
The treasures of the earth and sea;
And when we bring them to Thy throne,
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 top-stone in its day.

6 Both now and ever, Lord, protect
The temple of Thine own elect;
Be Thou in them, and they in Thee,
O ever-blessed Trinity!


Text Information
First Line: O Lord of hosts, whose glory fills
Title: O Lord of Hosts, Whose Glory Fills
Author: John M. Neale (1844,alt.)
Meter: L.M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Topic: Special Occasions: Corner-Stone Laying
Tune Information
Composer: Nikolaus Herman (1560)
Meter: L.M.
Key: D Major

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