I was glad when they said unto me, Psalm 122:1–2
Let us go into the house of the Lord. Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem.
Words: Probably by Thomas Cotterill, 1810.
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!