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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
I. “The Church’s one Foundation”
By Samuel John Stone (1839–1900)
“I Believe in the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints.”

THE CHURCH’S one Foundation
  Is JESUS CHRIST her Lord:
She is His new creation
  By water and the Word;
From heaven He came and sought her        5
  To be His holy Bride,
With His own Blood He bought her,
  And for her life He died.
Elect from every nation,
  Yet one o’er all the earth,        10
Her charter of salvation
  One LORD, one Faith, one Birth;
One Holy Name she blesses,
  Partakes one Holy Food,
And to one Hope she presses,        15
  With every grace endued.
The Church shall never perish!
  Her dear LORD to defend,
To guide, sustain, and cherish,
  Is with her to the end:        20
Though there be those who hate her,
  And false sons in her pale,
Against or foe or traitor
  She ever shall prevail.
Though with a scornful wonder        25
  Men see her sore opprest,
By schisms rent asunder,
  By heresies distrest;
Yet saints their watch are keeping,
  Their cry goes up “How long?”        30
And soon the night of weeping
  Shall be the morn of song.
’Mid toil and tribulation,
  And tumult of her war,
She waits the consummation        35
  Of peace for evermore;
Till with the vision glorious
  Her longing eyes are blest,
And the great Church victorious
  Shall be the Church at rest.        40
Yet she on earth hath union
And mystic sweet communion
  With those whose rest is won:
With all her sons and daughters,        45
  Who, by the Master’s Hand
Led through the deathly waters,
  Repose in Eden-Land.
Oh, happy ones and holy!
  LORD, give us grace that we        50
Like them, the meek and lowly,
  On high may dwell with Thee!
There past the border mountains,
  Where in sweet vales the Bride
With Thee by living fountains        55
  For ever shall abide.

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