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We are building in sorrow or joy

We are building in sorrow or joy

Author: N. B. Sargent
Tune: [We are building in sorrow or joy] (Sargent)
Published in 16 hymnals

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1 We are building in sorrow or joy
A temple the world may not see,
Which time cannot mar nor destroy:
We build for eternity.

We are building, ev'ry day,
A temple the world may not see;
Building, building ev'ry day,
Building for eternity!

2 Ev'ry tho't that we've ever had,
Its own little place has fill'd;
Ev'ry deed we have done, good or bad,
Is a stone in the temple we build. [Chorus]

3 Ev'ry word that so lightly falls,
Giving some heart joy or pain,
Will shine in our temple wall,
Or ever its beauty stain. [Chorus]

4 Are you building for God alone?
Are you building in faith and love,
A temple the Father will own,
In the city of light above? [Chorus]

Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #33

Author: N. B. Sargent

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Text Information

First Line: We are building in sorrow or joy
Author: N. B. Sargent
Refrain First Line: We are building every day



The Cyber Hymnal #685
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