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644. The Church's One Foundation

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1 The Church’s one foundation
Is Jesus Christ, her Lord;
She is His new creation
By water and the Word.
From heav'n He came and sought her
To be His holy bride;
With His own blood He bought her,
And for her life He died.

2 Elect from ev'ry nation,
Yet one o’er all the earth;
Her charter of salvation:
One Lord, one faith, one birth.
One holy name she blesses,
Partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses
With ev'ry grace endued.

3 Though with a scornful wonder
The world sees her oppressed,
By schisms rent asunder,
By heresies distressed,
Yet saints their watch are keeping;
Their cry goes up, “How long?”
And soon the night of weeping
Shall be the morn of song.

4 Through toil and tribulation
And tumult of her war
She waits the consummation
Of peace forevermore
Till with the vision glorious
Her longing eyes are blest,
And the great Church victorious
Shall be the Church at rest.

5 Yet she on earth has union
With God, the Three in One,
And mystic sweet communion
With those whose rest is won.
O blessed heav'nly chorus!
Lord, save us by Your grace
That we, like saints before us,
May see You face to face.

1 Un solo fundamento y sólo un fundador
la santa iglesia tiene en Cristo, su Señor,
haciéndola su esposa, del cielo desendió,
y por su propia sangre su libertad compró.

2 Aunque es de muchas razas, disfruta de unidad:
solo una fe confiesa en santa caridad;
es uno su bautismo, un pan de santidad;
por gracia siempre espera una felicidad.

3 El mundo la contempla pasmado y con desdén:
de cismas desgarrada, de error y por vaivén.
Mas santos de vigilia no cesan en su orar,
y pronto por la noche oirán gozo y cantar.

4 Cercada de tumultos, de guerra y confusión,
la paz eterna espera, serena en su visión;
al fin, ya vitoriosa, la iglesia terrenal
recibe por su premio descanso celestial.

5 Mas ella aqui disfruta celeste comunión
con Dios y con los santos en paz y perfección.
Jesús, cabeza nuestra, concédenos lugar
con los que habitan siempre en tu celeste hogar.

Text Information
First Line: The Church's one foundation (Un solo fundamento y sólo un fundador)
Title: The Church's One Foundation
Author: Samuel J. Stone, 1839-1900 (alt.)
Translator (into Spanish): Lefferd M. A. Haughwout, 1873-1952
Meter: 76 76 D
Language: English; Spanish
Publication Date: 2006
Topic: Church Militant
Tune Information
Composer: Samuel S. Wesley, 1810-76
Meter: 76 76 D
Key: D Major

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