Christ is the foundation of the house we raise;
Be its walls salvation, and its gateways praise:
May its threshold lowly to the lord be dear;
May the hearts be holy that shall worship here.
Here the vow be seal’d by thy spirit Lord
Here the sick be healed and the lost restore
Here the broken hearted thy forgiveness prove
Here the friends long parted be restored to love.
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Here may every token of thy presence be;
Here may chains be broken, prisoners here set free;
Here may light illumine every soul of thine,
Lifting up the human into the divine.
Here may God the father, Christ the saviour-son,
With the holy spirit, be adored as one;
Till the whole creation at thy footstool fall,
And in adoration own thee Lord of all.