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1 The Lord will build his church again,
And in his holy temple reign,
And let his waiting people see,
Her increase and prosperity.
2 Tho' Zion's walls are broken down,
The Lord still claims he4r as his own;
Not all the pow'rs of hell below
Can cause her final overthrow.
3 Should God appear to hide his face,
As if he would withdraw his grace;
Yet he beholds with pitying eye,
And hears his people when they cry.
4 God will return to their relief,
Remove their sorrows and their grief:
They who his precious absence mourn,
Shall be rejoic'd at his return.
5 They who are griev'd when they behold
The church, declining, dead and cold:
Shall find, that God will still revive
His work, to keep his church alive.
6 His wisdom and his providence,
Will ever prove her sure defence;
His promis'd aid, his promis'd pow'r
Will guard his church for evermore.
7 Remember us, O gracious Lord,
Who wait thy promises and word:
O cause thy gospel light to shine,
That many thousands may be thine.Source: Church Hymn Book: consisting of newly composed hymns with the addition of hymns and psalms, from other authors, carefully adapted for the use of public worship, and many other occasions (1st ed.) #CCCX