Scripture Verse

I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. Psalm 122:1–2


Words: Prob­ab­ly by Tho­mas Cot­ter­ill, 1810.

Music: Ma­no­ah Gi­ao­chi­no A. Ros­si­ni (1792–1868). Ar­ranged in Col­lec­tion of Church Mu­sic, by Hen­ry W. Great­or­ex, 1851 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

Giaochino A. Rossini

Origin of the Hymn

Appeared in Cot­ter­ill’s Sel. 1810, No. 98, in 4 st. of 4 l, and en­ti­tled For the bless­ing of God on Pub­lic Wor­ship. It is based on J. New­ton’s O Lord, our lan­guid souls in­spire, st. ii. be­ing spe­cial­ly from New­ton. The cen­to was most prob­ab­ly ar­ranged and re­writ­ten by Cot­ter­ill. Its use in G. Brit. is some­what lim­it­ed, but in Am­er­i­ca it is ex­ten­sive, and is giv­en in the Col­lec­tions of Va­ri­ous de­nom­in­a­tions.

Julian, pp. 28–29


Again our earthly cares we leave
And to Thy courts repair;
Again with joyful feet we come,
To meet our Savior there.

Great Shepherd of Thy people, hear;
Thy presence now display:
We bow within Thy house of prayer;
Oh! give us hearts to pray.

The clouds which veil Thee from our sight,
In pity, Lord! remove:
Dispose our hearts to hear aright
The message of Thy love

Impressed with holy fear and love,
We kneel before Thy face:
Oh! may the children of Thy power
Be children of Thy grace!