Come, Lord Jesus.@Revelation 22:20
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Felice de Giardini (1716-1796)
© National Portrait Gallery

William E. Evans, 1886. This hymn was written for the dedication of the Park Place Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Richmond, Virginia, where Evans was pastor at the time.

Italian Hymn Felice de Giardini, in The Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes Sung at the Chapel of the Lock Hospital, 1769 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Come, O Thou God of grace,
Dwell in this holy place,
E’en now descend!
This temple, reared to Thee,
O may it ever be
Filled with Thy majesty,
Till time shall end!

Be in each song of praise,
Which here Thy people raise
With hearts aflame!
Let every anthem rise
Like incense to the skies,
A joyful sacrifice
To Thy blest name!

Speak, O eternal Lord,
Out of Thy living Word,
O give success!
Do Thou the truth impart
Unto each waiting heart;
Source of all strength Thou art,
Thy Gospel bless!

To the great One in Three
Glory and praises be
In love now giv’n!
Glad songs to Thee we sing,
Glad hearts to Thee we bring,
Till we our God and King
Shall praise in Heav’n!

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The Shekinah Glory Enters the Tabernacle