Mid canyons deep of brick and stone

Representative Text

1 Mid canyons deep of brick and stone,
Where is your presence, Lord?
How may your purposes be known
In steel and painted board?
Not, surely, through the marks of greed
Or monuments of strife,
But through what serves our human need,
And dignifies our life.

2 In honesty of work and plan
Is your own truth expressed;
In harmony of earth and soul
Is grace made manifest.
The leader with a social view,
The worker's patient skill,
Speak eloquently, Lord, of you,
Whose purpose they fulfill.

3 Shine forth within our cities, Lord,
Not just in field and wood,
Till to our buildings are restored
A sense of common good.
May the embodiments of sin
In which we work and dwell
Become true temples, Lord, wherein
Your praises we may tell.

Source: Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #288

Author: Frank E. Greene

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First Line: Mid canyons deep of brick and stone
Author: Frank E. Greene



Thought by some scholars to date back to the Middle Ages, KINGSFOLD is a folk tune set to a variety of texts in England and Ireland. The tune was published in English Country Songs [sic: English County Songs] (1893), an anthology compiled by Lucy E. Broadwood and J. A. Fuller Maitland. After having…

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