Sweet is the solemn voice that calls

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1 Sweet is the solemn voice that calls
the Christian to the house of prayer;
I love to stand within its walls,
for you, O Lord, are present there.

2 I love to walk within the courts
where two or three for worship meet,
for it is there that Christ resorts
to make their holy bond complete.

3 How good to raise our common song!
Joining in holy praise and love,
we imitate the blessed throng,
uniting hearts and songs above.

4 Within these walls may peace abound;
may all our hearts in one agree,
and where we meet, where Christ is found,
may peace and concord ever be.

Source: The Book of Praise #444

Author: Henry Francis Lyte

Lyte, Henry Francis, M.A., son of Captain Thomas Lyte, was born at Ednam, near Kelso, June 1, 1793, and educated at Portora (the Royal School of Enniskillen), and at Trinity College, Dublin, of which he was a Scholar, and where he graduated in 1814. During his University course he distinguished himself by gaining the English prize poem on three occasions. At one time he had intended studying Medicine; but this he abandoned for Theology, and took Holy Orders in 1815, his first curacy being in the neighbourhood of Wexford. In 1817, he removed to Marazion, in Cornwall. There, in 1818, he underwent a great spiritual change, which shaped and influenced the whole of his after life, the immediate cause being the illness and death of a brother cler… Go to person page >

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First Line: Sweet is the solemn voice that calls
Author: Henry Francis Lyte
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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