1 To your temple I repair;
Lord, I love to worship there,
when within the veil I meet
Christ before the mercy seat.
2 Thro' him I am reconciled,
through him I become your child.
Abba, Father, give me grace
in your courts to seek your face.
3 While your glorious praise is sung,
touch my lips, unloose my tongue,
that my joyful soul may bless
Christ the Lord, my righteousness.
4 While the pray'rs of saints ascend,
God of love, to mine attend.
Hear me, for your Spirit pleads;
hear, for Jesus intercedes.
5 While I listen to your law,
fill my heart with humble awe,
let your gospel bring to me
life and immortality.
6 While your minister proclaims
peace and pardon in your name,
by your grace, through faith, may I
hear you speaking from the sky.
7 From your house when I return,
may my heart within me burn,
and at evening let me say,
"I have walked with God today!"
Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #165
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To Thy temple I repair. J. Mont¬gomery. [Divine Worship.] Published in Collyer's Collection, 1812, No. 916, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "A Sabbath Hymn." It was repeated in Cotterill's Selection, 1819, No. 286; in Montgomery's Christian Psalmist 1825, No. 468; and in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 115. It is in common use in its original form; as "In Thy presence we appear," in Kennedy, 1863; and as "To Thy presence I repair," in Dale's English Hymn Book, 1874. In R. Binghani's Hymnologia Christiana Latina, 1871, the original, with the omission of stanza v., is rendered into Latin as, "Sacratam Domini domum."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)