1 Praise the Lord that He has built
Here on earth a sanctuary,
Where the soul, oppressed by guilt,
Safe beneath His wings may tarry,
While His mercy, love and grace
All its guilty stains efface.
2 Built upon the rock it stands
Firmly through the passing ages,
Heeding not the world's demands,
Nor the storm that round it rages,
But to souls with cares replete
It remains a blest retreat.
3 There the wounded hearts are healed,
Grace to yearning souls imparted,
Light to sightless eyes revealed,
Strength renewed in feeble-hearted,
So that souls, from weakness prone,
Grow like trees in Lebanon.
4 Send us, Lord, Thy heav'nly dove,
Open wide Thy living fountain,
Deck Thine altar with Thy love,
Teach us from Thy holy mountain,
Shield us all beneath Thy wing
Till, at home, Thy praise we sing.
Jens Christian Aaberg (b. Moberg, Denmark, 1877; d. Minneapolis, MN, 1970) immigrated to the United States in 1901. Educated at Grand View College and Seminary in Des Moines, Iowa, he entered the ministry of the Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and served congregations in Marinette, Wisconsin; Dwight, Illinois; and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Aaberg wrote Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark (1945), translated at least eighty hymns from Danish into English, and served on four hymnal committees. In 1947 King Frederick of Denmark awarded him the Knight Cross of Denmark.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987
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