To thee this temple we devote

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1 To Thee this temple we devote,
Our Father and our God;
Accept it Thine, and seal it now
Thy Spirit's blest abode.

2 Here may the prayer of faith ascend,
The voice of praise arise;
Oh, may each lowly service prove
Accepted sacrifice.

3 Here may the sinner learn his guilt,
And weep before his Lord;
Here, pardoned, sing a Saviour's love,
And here his vows record.

4 Here may affliction dry the tear,
And learn to trust in God;
Convinced it is a Father smites,
And love that guides the rod.

5 Peace be within these sacred walls,
Prosperity be here,
Still smile upon Thy people, Lord,
And evermore be near.


Source: Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #297

Author: Jacob Richardson Scott

Scott, Jacob Richardson, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, March 1, 1815, and graduated in Arts at Brown University 1836, and in Theology at Newton Theological College, 1842. He entered the Baptist ministry in 1842, and was successively located at Petersburg, Virginia; Portland, Maine; at Fall River, Massachusetts; and Yonkers, New York. He died Dec. 10, 1861. His hymn “To Thee this temple we devote" (Dedication of a Place of Worship) was contributed to the Psalmist, 1843. It is found in several American hymn-books. [Rev. Frank M. Bird, M.A.] -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)  Go to person page >

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Author: Jacob Richardson Scott



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