O Thou, Whose Own Vast Temple Stands, by William Cullen Bryant   1 comment

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Above:  St. James Episcopal Church, Clayton, Georgia, June 12, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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Hymn Source = The Presbyterian Hymnal (1927), Presbyterian Church in the United States

Words (1835, first stanza altered in 1867) by William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

1.  O Thou, whose own vast temple stands

Built over earth and sea,

Accept the walls that human hands

Have raised, to worship Thee.

2.  Lord, from Thine inmost glory send,

Within these courts t’abide,

The peace that dwelleth without end

Serenely by Thy side.

3.  May erring minds, that worship here,

Be taught the better way;

And they who mourn, and they who fear,

Be strengthened as they pray.

4.  May faith grow firm, and love grow warm,

And pure devotion rise,

While, ’round these hallowed walls, the storm

Of earthborn passion dies.

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The original first stanza read:

O Thou, whose own vast temple stands,

Built over earth and sea,

Accept the walls that human hands

Have raise to worship Thee.

Words Source = Armin Haeussler, The Story of Our Hymns:  The Handbook to the Hymnal of the Evangelical and Reformed Church (St. Louis, MO:  Eden Publishing House, 1952), page 385

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A third version, from Congregational Hymns (1884), a British hymnal:

1.  Thou, whose unmeasured temple stands,

Built over earth and sea,

Accept the walls that human hands

Have raised, Oh, God! to Thee.

2.  And let the Comforter and Friend,

Thy Holy Spirit, meet

With those who here in worship bend

Before Thy mercy seat.

3.  May they who err be guided here

To find the better way,

And they who mourn, and they who fear

Be strengthened as they pray.

4.  May faith grow firm, and love grow warm,

And hallowed wishes rise,

While round these peaceful walls the storm

Of earth-born passion dies.

–Quoted in Robert Guy McCutchan, Our Hymnody:  A Manual of The Methodist Hymnal, 2d. Ed. (Nashville, TN:  Abingdon Press, 1937), page 526

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