1 'Tis a marvel in our eyes
How the Lord rebukes the wise:
Whom the builders would not own--
He is made the Corner-Stone!
What seems naught, and men reject,
Is before our God elect;
Thus the Gospel's hidden store
Pales the wit of earthly lore.
2 While the vain and wordly-wise
For its beauty have no eyes,
And in trust repose their stay
That at last must all give way,
Zion looks unto the Lord,
And by faith leans on His Word:
Joys in grade that will avail,
When both heart and flesh shall fail.
3 Others may their virtues press,
On attainments lay great stress;
Zion knows of grace alone
And the merits that atone,
Doth an Only Name confess
As her strength and righteousness:
Christ, whom builders would not own,
Is her precious Corner-stone.
Cronenwett, Emmanuel, a Lutheran Pastor at Butler, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., contributed to the Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal, Published by Order of the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Ohio and other States, 1880, in addition to 20 translations from the German, the following original hymns, some of which rank with the best in the collection:—
1. A holy state is wedded life. Domestic Worship.
2. Faith is wisdom from on high. Faith.
3. Heavenly Father, Jesus taught us. Prayer.
4. Lord, Thine omniscience I adore. Omniscience.
5. O Triune God, Thy blessing great. Domestic Worship.
6. Of omniscient grace I sing. Omniscience.
7. Of Zion's honour angels sing. Ordination.
8. The precepts of the word are pure.… Go to person page >
Display Title: 'Tis a marvel in our eyesFirst Line: 'Tis a marvel in our eyesTune Title: BENEVENTOAuthor: Rev. Emanuel Cronenwett, D. D.Meter: 7s. Eight lines. No. 10Date: 1908Subject: The Church Year | Corner-stone Laying