Scripture Verse

The tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. Revelation 21:3

Introduction

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Benjamin Francis
(1734–1799)

Words: Ben­ja­min Fran­cis, 1774. The first verse be­low was orig­in­al­ly the third. John Rip­pon’s hym­nal gives this work with the note: Sung on op­en­ing of the Meet­ing House at Hors­ley, Glou­ces­ter­shire [his cha­pel], Sep­tem­ber 18, 1774; and al­so at the op­en­ing of the New Meet­ing House, at Down­end, near Bris­tol, Oc­to­ber 4, 1786.

Music: Christ Church (Steg­gall) Charles Steg­gall, 1865 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Charles H. Steggall
(1826–1905)

Lyrics

Great King of glory, come,
And with Thy favor crown
This temple as Thy home,
This people as Thine own;
Beneath this roof, O deign to show
How God can dwell with men below.

In sweet, exalted strains
The King of glory praise;
O’er Heav’n and earth He reigns
Through everlasting days;
He, with a nod, the world controls
Sustains or sinks the distant poles.

To earth He bends His throne,
His throne of grace divine;
Wide is His bounty known,
And wide His glories shine;
Fair Salem still His chosen rest
Is with His smiles and presence blest.

Here may Thine ears attend
Our interceding cries,
And grateful praise ascend,
Like incense, to the skies:
Here may Thy Word melodious sound,
And spread celestial joys around.

Here may our unborn sons
And daughters sound Thy praise,
And shine, like polished stones,
Through long succeeding days;
Here, Lord, display Thy saving power,
While temples stand and men adore.

Here may the listening throng
Receive Thy truth in love;
Here Christians join the song
Of seraphim above;
Till all, who humbly seek Thy face,
Rejoice in Thy abounding grace.