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Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

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1 Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ the head and cornerstone,
chosen of the Lord, and precious,
binding all the church in one,
Holy Zion's help for ever,
and her confidence alone.

2 All that dedicated city,
dearly loved of God on high,
in exultant jubilation
pours perpetual melody;
God the One in Three adoring
in glad hymns eternally.

3 To this temple, where we call You,
come, O Lord of Hosts, today:
with accustomed lovingkindness,
hear Your servants as they pray;
and Your fullest benediction
shed within its walls alway.

4 Lord, here grant to all Your servants
what they ask of You to gain,
what they gain from You, forever
with the blessed to retain,
and hereafter in Your glory
evermore with You to reign.

5 Praise and honor to the Father,
praise and honor to the Son,
praise and honor to the Spirit,
ever Three, and ever One,
one in might, and one in glory,
while unending ages run.

Source: Hymns to the Living God #289

Translator: J. M. Neale

Neale, John Mason, D.D., was born in Conduit Street, London, on Jan. 24, 1818. He inherited intellectual power on both sides: his father, the Rev. Cornelius Neale, having been Senior Wrangler, Second Chancellor's Medallist, and Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, and his mother being the daughter of John Mason Good, a man of considerable learning. Both father and mother are said to have been "very pronounced Evangelicals." The father died in 1823, and the boy's early training was entirely under the direction of his mother, his deep attachment for whom is shown by the fact that, not long before his death, he wrote of her as "a mother to whom I owe more than I can express." He was educated at Sherborne Grammar School, and was afterwards… Go to person page >

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First Line: Christ is made the sure foundation
Title: Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
Latin Title: Angularis fundamentum
Translator: J. M. Neale (1861)
Source: Latin, 6th or 7th cent.
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Henry T. Smart (PHH 233) composed REGENT SQUARE for the Horatius Bonar (PHH 260) doxology "Glory be to God the Father." The tune was first published in the English Presbyterian Church's Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship (1867), of which Smart was music editor. Because the text editor of that hymna…

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Ambassador Hymnal #143

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #77

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #96

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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #356

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Baptist Hymnal 2008 #354

Catholic Book of Worship III #430

Celebrating Grace Hymnal #248

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Chalice Hymnal #275

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Christian Worship #531

Church Family Worship #483

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #200


Common Praise (1998) #300

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #97a

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #97b

Complete Mission Praise #73

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #8

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Evangelical Lutheran Worship #645

Gather (3rd ed.) #745

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Gather Comprehensive #662

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Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #642

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Glory to God #394


Hymnal 1982 #518

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Hymnal Supplement 1991 #819

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Hymnal Supplement 98 #865


Hymns for a Pilgrim People #481

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #559

Hymns Old and New #76

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Hymns to the Living God #289

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Lift Up Your Hearts #250

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Lutheran Service Book #909

Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #607

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Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #130

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Presbyterian Hymnal #416

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Presbyterian Hymnal #417

Rejoice Hymns #581

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Rejoice in the Lord #392

Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #235

Sing Glory #572

Singing the Faith #677


Small Church Music #42

The Book of Hymns (A fresh anthology of favourite hymns) #34

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The Celebration Hymnal #403

The Covenant Hymnal #576


The Cyber Hymnal #920

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The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #276

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The New Century Hymnal #400


The New English Hymnal #205

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The United Methodist Hymnal #559


The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #346

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The Worshiping Church #699


Together in Song #432

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #342


Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #343

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Trinity Psalter Hymnal #402


Voices United #325

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With One Voice #747

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Worship (3rd ed.) #617

Worship (4th ed.) #732

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Worship Supplement 2000 #758

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