How Fair the Church of Christ Shall Stand   2 comments


Above:  The Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, January 23, 2014

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Original Danish Words by Thomas Hansen Kingo (1634-1703)

English Translation by Ole T. (Sanden) Arneson (1853-1917)

Hymn Source = Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary (1996), Evangelical Lutheran Synod


1.  How fair the Church of Christ shall stand,

A beacon in all the land,

When love and faith all hearts inspire,

And all unite in one desire

To be a fam’ly and agree

To live in peace and unity.

2.  ‘Tis all vain that you profess

The doctrines of the Church, unless

You live according to your creed,

And show your faith by word and deed.

Observe the rule:  To others do

As you would have them do to you.

3.  Resentment, hate, and cruel jest,

Must not be harbored in the breast

Where love and charity should dwell;

Then think and speak of others well,

Refrain from all that causes strife

And mars a truly Christian life.

4.  So let your tongue, your heart, and mind

Agree to banish ev’ry kind

Of malice, falsehood, and disguise,

And here on earth a paradise

Of peace and harmony maintain,

Where concord and good will shall reign.

5.  For God observes our thoughts and deeds,

The secrets of our heart He reads;

The wicked cannot be concealed,

Their evil ways shall be revealed,

He ev’ry true believer knows,

And love and grace on him bestows.

6.  My soul, be therefore of good cheer,

Though sinners threaten, scoff, and sneer,

Serenely on your way proceed,

Nor worldly strife and clamor heed,

For Jesus’ sake the cross you bear,

And soon with Him the crown shall wear.

7.  O gracious God, wilt Thou my heart

So fashion in each secret part,

That Thou be sanctified in me,

Till Thee in heav’n above I see,

Where holy, holy, holy Lord,

We sing to Thee with one accord.

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