A children's temple here we build,
And consecrate it, Lord, to Thee;
In hope, that with Thy presence fill'd,
These humble walls henceforth may be.
When Christ, Thy Holy Child, was born,
He had not where to lay His head;
Though King of kings, He did not scorn
The meanness of a manger-bed.
He, who the throne of glory shares,
Came down, that we, through sovereign love,
Might be God's children, and God's heirs,
Joint-heirs with Him in bliss above.
And is He not to-day the same,
And deigns He not to visit there,
Where two or three, in His great Name,
Are met for worship, praise, and prayer?
Ah! yes, where simple souls are taught
To know and do His Father's will,
Or infants to His arms are brought,
He welcomes all, and blesses still.
Come, Holy Ghost! while we draw nigh,
Such life and power to us afford,
That each may "Abba, Father!" cry,
And young and old call Jesus, Lord.
Sacred Poems and Hymns
A children’s temple here we build. J. Montgomery. [The Erection of a Sunday School. This hymn was written for the opening of the first Sunday School building in Wincobank, Sheffield. The manuscript—which is in the Wincobank Hall Collection of Manuscripts—is dated “December 18, 1840,” and signed “J. M.” The building was opened on the 13th of April, 1841, the hymn being printed on a fly-leaf for the occasion. In 1853 Montgomery included it in his Original Hymns, No. 313, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines and entitled it “The erection of a Sunday School.” In the Methodist Sunday School Hymn Book 1879, No. 512, stanza iv. is omitted, and slight changes are also introduced. Original text in Original Hymns, 1853, p. 333. The hymn by Mrs. Gilbert, née AnnTaylor, “We thank the Lord of heaven and earth,” was also written for, and sung on, the same occasion. This hymn has not come into common use.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 6 of 6)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Hymns for Schools and Families #d2||A children's temple here we build||James Mongtomery||1853|
|Hymns for Schools and Families, Specailly Designed for the Children of the Church #459||A children's temple here we build||Montgomery||1859|
|Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth and Children #471||A children's temple here we build||Montgomery||1854|
|Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth, and Children #471||A children's temple here we build||1857|
|Sacred Poems and Hymns #313||A children's temple here we build||A children's temple here we build||James Montgomery||126.96.36.199||1854|
|The Union Harp and Revival Chorister. Rev ed. #d2||A children's temple here we build||James Mongtomery||1860|