Jesus Christ…the chief cornerstone.@Ephesians 2:20
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William H. Havergal (1793-1870)

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

St. John (Parish) Parish Choir, 1851; attributed to William H. Havergal (🔊 pdf nwc).

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.