696. L. M. Montgomery. On Laying the Corner-stone of a Church.
1 This stone to thee in faith we lay, -- We build the temple, Lord, to thee, Thine eye be open night and day, To guard this house from error free.
2 Here, when thy people seek thy face, And dying sinners pray to live, Hear thou, in heaven thy dwelling-place, And when thou hearest, Lord, forgive.
3 Here, when thy messengers proclaim The blessed gospel of thy Son, Still by the power of his great name Be mighty signs and wonders done.
4 When children's voices raise the song, Hosanna! to their Heavenly King, Let heaven with earth the strain prolong; Hosanna! let the angels sing.
5 Thy glory never hence depart; Yet choose not, Lord, this house alone; Thy kingdom come to every heart; In every bosom fix thy throne.