Scripture Verse

Jesus Christ…the chief cornerstone. Ephesians 2:20


William H. Havergal

Words: Un­known au­thor, 6th or 7th Cen­tu­ry (An­gu­lar­is fun­da­men­tum la­pis). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by John Chand­ler, Hymns of the Pri­mi­tive Church, 1837.

Music: St. John (Par­ish) Pa­rish Choir, 1851. At­trib­ut­ed to Will­iam H. Ha­ver­gal (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

John Chandler
© National Portrait Gallery


Christ is our cornerstone,
On Him alone we build;
With His true saints alone
The courts of Heaven are filled;
On His great love our hopes we place
Of present grace and joys above.

O then with hymns of praise
These hallowed courts shall ring;
Our voices we will raise
The Three in One to sing;
And thus proclaim in joyful song
Both loud and long, that glorious name.

Here, gracious God, do Thou
Forevermore draw nigh;
Accept each faithful vow,
And mark each suppliant sigh;
In copious shower on all who pray,
Each holy day, Thy blessings pour.

Here may we gain from Heav’n,
The grace which we implore;
And may that grace, once given,
Be with us evermore;
Until that day when all the blest
To endless rest are called away.