The Church Immovable.
Oh! where are kings and empires now,
Of old that went and came?
But, Lord! thy church is praying yet,
A thousand years the same.
2 We mark her goodly battlements,
And her foundations strong;
We hear within the solemn voice
Of her unending song.
3 For, not like kingdoms of the world,
Thy holy church, O God!
Though earthquake shocks are threatening her,
And tempests are abroad;
4 Unshaken as eternal hills,
Immovable she stands,
A mountain that shall fill the earth,
A house not made by hands.
Arthur Cleveland Coxe, 1839, a.