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O Lord of hosts, Whose glory fills

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1 O Lord of Hosts, Whose glory fills
The bounds of the eternal hills,
And yet vouchsafes, in Christian lands,
To dwell in temples made of hands;

2 Grant that all we who here to-day
Rejoicing this foundation lay,
May be in very deed Thine own,
Built on the precious Corner-stone.

3 Endue the creatures with Thy grace,
That shall adorn Thy dwelling-place;
The beauty of the oak and pine,
The gold and silver, make them Thine.

4 To Thee they all pertain; to Thee
The treasures of the earth and sea;
And when we bring them to Thy throne,
We but present Thee with Thine own.

5 The heads that guide endue with skill;
The hands that work preserve from ill;
That we, who these foundations lay,
May raise the topstone in its day.

Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871

Author: John Mason Neale

John M. Neale's life is a study in contrasts: born into an evangelical home, he had sympathies toward Rome; in perpetual ill health, he was incredibly productive; of scholarly tem­perament, he devoted much time to improving social conditions in his area; often ignored or despised by his contemporaries, he is lauded today for his contributions to the church and hymnody. Neale's gifts came to expression early–he won the Seatonian prize for religious poetry eleven times while a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, England. He was ordained in the Church of England in 1842, but ill health and his strong support of the Oxford Movement kept him from ordinary parish ministry. So Neale spent the years between 1846 and 1866 as a warden of Sackvi… Go to person page >

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First Line: O Lord of hosts, Whose glory fills
Author: John Mason Neale
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

O Lord of hosts, Whose glory fills. J. M. Neale. [Laying Foundation Stone of a Church.] Appeared in his Hymns for the Young (being the 2nd series of his Hymns for Children) in 1844, No. 27, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "Laying the First Stone of a Church." It is given in numerous hymnals, as Hymns Ancient & Modern, the People's Hymnal, Thring's Collection, &c. The alteration of stanza v., 11. 1-2, from:—

”Endue the hearts that guide with skill;
Preserve the hands that work from ill;

to—

The heads that guide endue with skill,
The hands that work preserve from ill,"

given in Hymns Ancient & Modern in 1861, has been adopted with almost common consent.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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WAREHAM (Knapp)

William Knapp (b. Wareham, Dorsetshire, England, 1698; d. Poole, Dorsetshire, 1768) composed WAREHAM, so named for his birthplace. A glover by trade, Knapp served as the parish clerk at St. James's Church in Poole (1729-1768) and was organist in both Wareham and Poole. Known in his time as the "coun…

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EISENACH (Gesius)

MACHS MIT MIR was first published in the collection of music Das ander Theil des andern newen Operis Geistlicher Deutscher Lieder (1605) by Bartholomäus Gesius (b. Münchenberg, near Frankfurt, Germany, c. 1555; d. Frankfurt, 1613). A prolific composer, Gesius wrote almost exclusively for the churc…

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