Scripture Verse

I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before Me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put My name there for ever; and Mine eyes and Mine heart shall be there perpetually. 1 Kings 9:3


James Montgomery

Words: James Mont­gom­e­ry, 1821.

Music: Mu­nus John B. Cal­kin, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know where to get a good pho­to of Cal­kin (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

John B. Calkin

Origin of the Hymn

The foun­da­tion stone of St. George’s Church, Shef­field…was laid on the day of the cor­o­na­tion of George IV, July 19, 1821.

On that day Mont­gom­e­ry pub­lished in his Ir­is news­pa­per a lead­ing ar­ti­cle on [Na­pol­e­on] Bon­a­parte, who died on the 5th of the pre­vi­ous May. Mont­gom­e­ry’s orig­in­al man­u­script of that ar­ti­cle and a set of the cor­o­na­tion med­als, and other us­u­al mem­or­i­als, were placed in a glass jar un­der the foun­da­tion stone (Mem­oirs, iii. p. 241).

This hymn was com­posed for the oc­ca­sion; was sung dur­ing the cer­e­mo­ny, and was print­ed in the Ir­is of Tues­day, July 24,1821. It was in­clud­ed in Mont­gom­e­ry’s Chris­tian Psalm­ist, 1825, No. 475, and in his Orig­in­al Hymns, 1853, No. 301, and in both in­stanc­es head­ed On Open­ing a Place of Wor­ship.

Julian, p. 691


Lord of Hosts, to Thee we raise
Here a house of prayer and praise;
Thou Thy people’s hearts prepare
Here to meet for praise and prayer.

Let the living here be fed
With Thy Word, the heavenly bread,
Here, in hope of glory blessed,
May the dead be laid to rest.

Here to Thee a temple stand,
While the sea shall gird the land;
Here reveal Thy mercy sure,
While the sun and moon endure.

Hallelujah!—earth and sky
To the joyful sound reply;
Hallelujah!—hence ascend
Prayer and praise till time shall end.