In His Tabernacle

Not built with hands is that fair radiant chamber

Author: T. S. M.; Translator: Frances Bevan (1899)
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Not built with hands is that fair radiant chamber
Of God’s untroubled rest—
Where Christ awaits to lay His weary-hearted
In stillness on His breast.
Not built on sands of time or place to perish,
When tempests roar—
But on the mighty Rock of Ages founded,
It stands for evermore—
Not only in a day of distant dawning,
When past are desert years,
But now, amidst the turmoil and the battle,
The mocking and the tears.

That Chamber still and stately waits us ever,
That sacred pure retreat—
That rest in Arms of tenderest enfoldings,
That welcome passing sweet.
O Home of God my Father’s joy and gladness,
O riven Veil whereby I enter in!
There can my soul forget the grave, the weeping,
The weariness and sin.
O Chamber, all thine agate windows opened
To face the radiant east—
O holy Temple, where the saints are singing,
Where Jesus is the Priest—
Illumined with the everlasting glory,
Still with the peace of God’s eternal Now,
Thou, God, my Rest, my Refuge, and my Tower—
My Home art Thou.

Hymns of Ter Steegen and Others (Second Series), 1899

Author: T. S. M.

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Translator: Frances Bevan

Bevan, Emma Frances, née Shuttleworth, daughter of the Rev. Philip Nicholas Shuttleworth, Warden of New Coll., Oxford, afterwards Bishop of Chichester, was born at Oxford, Sept. 25, 1827, and was married to Mr. R. C. L. Bevan, of the Lombard Street banking firm, in 1856. Mrs. Bevan published in 1858 a series of translations from the German as Songs of Eternal Life (Lond., Hamilton, Adams, & Co.), in a volume which, from its unusual size and comparative costliness, has received less attention than it deserves, for the trs. are decidedly above the average in merit. A number have come into common use, but almost always without her name, the best known being those noted under “O Gott, O Geist, O Licht dea Lebens," and "Jedes Herz will etwas… Go to person page >

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First Line: Not built with hands is that fair radiant chamber
Title: In His Tabernacle
Translator: Frances Bevan (1899)
Author: T. S. M.
Language: English
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