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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
Original Hymns.
III. Laying the First Stone of a Church
By John Mason Neale (1818–1866)
(From “Hymns for the Young”)

Exod. xxxi. 1–6; Isa. lx. 19.

O LORD of Hosts, Whose glory fills
The bounds of the eternal hills,
And yet vouchsafes, in Christian lands,
To dwell in temples made with hands:
Grant that all we, who here to-day,        5
Rejoicing, this foundation lay,
May be in very deed Thine Own,
Built on the precious Corner-stone.
Endue the creatures with Thy grace
That shall adorn Thy dwelling-place:        10
The beauty of the oak and pine,
The gold and silver, make them Thine.
To Thee they all belong; to Thee
The treasures of the earth and sea;
And when we bring them to Thy throne,        15
We but present Thee with Thine own.
Endue the hearts that guide with skill;
Preserve the hands that work from ill;
That we, who these foundations lay,
May raise the topstone in its day.        20
Both now and ever, Lord, protect
The temple of Thine own elect;
Be Thou in them, and they in Thee,
O ever-blessèd Trinity!

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