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.