Scripture Verse

I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. Psalm 122:1


Words: Le­vi Knee­land (1803–1834). Ap­peared in Se­lect Hymns, ed­it­ed by James H. Lins­ley & Gus­ta­vus Fel­lowes Da­vis (Hart­ford, Con­nec­ti­cut: Can­field & Ro­bins, 1836).

Music: Mount Ver­non Lo­well Ma­son, 1833 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Knee­land (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Lowell Mason (1792–1872)


Christian wor­ship—how in­vit­ing
Is the so­cial pray­ing band!
Happy con­cert thrice de­light­ing,
Bound to Ca­naan’s ho­ly land.

See how joy­ful they as­sem­ble
At the con­se­crat­ed hour!
How they Hea­ven’s host re­semble
While the God Most High ad­ore!

See them in sweet con­cert mov­ing,
Each their hum­ble part ful­fill!
Bound to love, each oth­er lov­ing,
Thus they do the Sav­ior’s will.

How they bow in ado­ra­tion
Low be­fore Je­ho­vah’s throne,
Giving hon­or and sal­va­tion
To the High and Ho­ly One.

Now they rise in hymns sym­pho­ni­ous—
All as one their spir­its rise;
Sweep the gold­en harps har­mo­ni­ous
Strung by se­raphs in the skies.

Now they pour out fer­vent pray­er—
Plead the all-aton­ing blood.
Father, Son, and Spir­it’s there;
’Tis in truth the house of God.