Unto thy temple, Lord, we come

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1 Unto Thy temple, Lord, we come
With thankful hearts to worship Thee;
And pray that this may be our home
Until we touch eternity;

2 The common home of rich and poor,
Of bond and free, and great and small;
Large as Thy love forevermore,
And warm and bright and good to all.

3 And dwell Thou with us in this place,
Thou and Thy Christ, to guide and bless.
Here make the well-springs of Thy grace
Like fountains in the wilderness.

4 May Thy whole truth be spoken here;
Thy gospel light for ever shine;
Thy perfect love cast out all fear,
And human life become divine.


Source: African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #11

Author: Robert Collyer

Collyer, Robert, born at Keighley, Yorkshire, Dec. 8, 1823, at one time a working blacksmith, emigrated to America in 1850, where he was a Methodist local preacher until he joined the Unitarians in 1859; and Pastor of the Church of the Messiah, N.Y., from 1879. Has published several works on various subjects. His hymn, "With thankful hearts, O God, we come" (Dedication of a Church), in the Boston Unitarian Hymns for Church and Home, 1895, is given in Horder's Worship Song, 1905, as "Unto Thy temple, Lord, we come," and appointed for Sunday morning. It was written for the Dedication of Unity Church, Chicago (which was burnt in the great fire of 1870), of which he was the first Pastor in 1859.… Go to person page >

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First published anonymously in Henry Boyd's Select Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1793), DUKE STREET was credited to John Hatton (b. Warrington, England, c. 1710; d, St. Helen's, Lancaster, England, 1793) in William Dixon's Euphonia (1805). Virtually nothing is known about Hatton, its composer,…

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MENDON (17151)


Edward Miller (b. Norwich, England, 1735; d. Doncaster, Yorkshire, England, 1807) adapted ROCKINGHAM from an earlier tune, TUNEBRIDGE, which had been published in Aaron Williams's A Second Supplement to Psalmody in Miniature (c. 1780). ROCKINGHAM has long associations in Great Britain and North Amer…

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