The Most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands.@Acts 7:48

N. B. Sargent (🔊 pdf nwc). Appeared in Sacred Songs No. 1, by Ira D. Sankey, James McGranahan & George C. Stebbins (New York: Biglow & Main, 1896), number 176, with an 1887 copyright by Daniel B. Towner.

We are building in sorrow or joy,
A temple the world may not see,
Which time cannot mar nor destroy:
We build for eternity.

Refrain

We are building every day
A temple the world may not see,
Building, building every day,
Building for eternity.

Every thought that we’ve ever had,
Its own little place has filled;
Every deed we have done, good or bad,
Is a stone in the temple we build.

Refrain

Every word that so lightly falls,
Giving some heart joy or pain,
Will shine in our temple walls,
Or ever its beauty stain.

Refrain

Are you building for God alone?
Are you building in faith and love
A temple the Father will own,
In the city of light above?

Refrain