Christian Worship Dedication Of A Country Church.
On this fair spot where nature pays
From hill, and vale, and flower, and tree,
In morning beams, in evening rays,
Its homage, God of all, to thee;-
Thy children meet to dedicate
This temple to thy gracious name;
Our hearts and songs to elevate,-
Thy grace and glory to proclaim.
Descend-and with thy spirit bless
The offering; may it ever be
Sacred to truth and righteousness,
From error’s dread dominion free.
Here let the standard of thy word
Be raised and held by gospel hands;
Hither bring hearts with one accord,
To learn and do thy great commands.
And when we leave these courts below,
To join the hosts in praise above,
May others here rejoice to know
Thy boundless, everlasting love.