1. In the cleansèd temple, on the festal day,
When the whole burnt offering on the altar lay,
Then the priestly trumpets echoed loud and long,
Then ten thousand voices sang the Lord’s own song,
2. When this lost world’s Savior left His Father’s home,
Offered His burnt offering, saying, Lo, I come,
Then the wondering shepherds heard the angel throng
Give God highest glory in their glad new song.
3. When the body, purchased with Christ’s ransom price,
Is to God presented, living sacrifice,
Then the tide of gladness, rises high and strong;
Then the heart, rejoicing, sings the glad new song.
4. When from dawn to sunset Christ shall worshipped be,
And the same pure offering every place shall see,
When again He cometh who has tarried long,
Then shall peal the welcome of the glad new song.
5. Grant us, blessèd Master, so to yield to Thee
Body, soul, and spirit, our burnt offering free,
That in Thine own temple, with the white-robed throng,
We may join for ever in the glad new song.
Sheppard, William John Limmer, M.A., son of William Benjamin Sheppard, was born at High worth, July 21, 1861, and educated at Queen's College, Oxford; B.A. in honours 1888, M.A. 1892. Ordained in 1888, he was Curate of Christ Church, Timperley, 1888-90, Missioner of the Church Missionary Society 1895-6, Centenary Sec. C.M.S. 1896-1900, and since 1900 Vicar of St. Peter's, Ipswich. The following hymns by Mr. Sheppard are in common use:—
1. Father, we are gathered here. [Farewell to Missionaries.] Written in 1897, for the C. M. S. Valedictory Meetings, and included in the Church Missionary Hymn Book, 1899.
2. Father, Who didst give Thy Son. [Litany on behalf of Foreign Missions.] Written in 1898, and given in the C. M. Hymn Book… Go to person page >
Display Title: In the Cleansèd TempleFirst Line: In the cleansèd templeTune Title: ZADOKAuthor: William J. L. SheppardMeter: 188.8.131.52Source: Church Missionary Society's Gleaner, January 1897, page 3