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William Cullen Bryant

Above:  William Cullen Bryant, Circa 1876

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-pga-00073

William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) was a journalist, poet, hymn writer, and advocate for the rights of immigrants, labor unionists, enslaved people, and members of religious minorities.

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O Thou, Whose Own Vast Temple Stands:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2010/08/16/o-thou-whose-own-vast-temple-stands-by-william-cullen-bryant/

Look from Thy Sphere of Endless Day:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/01/15/look-from-thy-sphere-of-endless-day/

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World Map 1847

Above:  World Map, 1847

Image in the Public Domain

Words (1840) by William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America

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1.  Look from Thy sphere of endless day,

O God of mercy and of might!

In pity look on those who stray

Benighted in this land of light.

2.  In peopled vale, in lonely glen,

In crowded mart, by stream or sea,

How many of the sons of men

Hear not the message sent from Thee!

3.  Send forth Thy heralds, Lord, to call

The thoughtless young, the hardened old,

A scattered, homeless flock, till all

Be gathered to Thy peaceful fold.

4.  Send them Thy mighty Word to speak

Till faith shall dawn and doubt depart,

To awe the bold, to stay the weak,

And bind and heal the broken heart.

5.  Then all these wastes, a dreary scene

That makes us sadden as we gaze,

Shall grow with living waters green

And lift to heaven the voice of praise.

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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