903. C. M. Ancient Hymns. The Joy of Social Devotion.
1 O, it is joy in one to meet
Whom one communion blends,
Council to hold in converse sweet,
And talk as Christian friends.
2 'Tis joy to think the angel train,
Who 'mid heaven's temple shine,
To seek our earthly temples deign,
And in our anthems join.
3 But chief, 'tis joy to think that He,
To whom his church is dear,
Delights her gathered flock to see,
Her joint devotions hear.
4 Then who would choose to walk abroad,
While here such joys are given?
|This is indeed the house of God,
And this the gate of heaven!|