Scripture Verse

Fire came down from Heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. And the priests could not enter the house of the Lord. 2 Chronicles 7:1–2

Introduction

Words: George A. War­bur­ton, in the Col­lege Hym­nal, by M. Wool­sey Stry­ker, 1904.

Music: Can­on­bu­ry adapt­ed from Nacht­stück, Op­us 23, No. 4, by Ro­bert A. Schu­mann, 1839 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • Solothurn, tra­di­tion­al Swiss tune (🔊 pdf nwc)

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

portrait
Robert A. Schumann
(1810–1856)

Lyrics

O Thou, whose glory shone like fire,
Within the ancient temple walls,
Grant us our heart’s sincere desire:
Thy presence in these sacred halls.

O Thou, who, homeless, wandered wide
Through far Judea’s favored land,
Make this a home for men, and guide
The steps of all with Thy strong hand.

O Thou, who sorrowing in the night,
Longed for the love of human friend,
Make here a spring of friendship bright
With Thy rich love that knows no end.

O Thou, whose life and words were one,
Strong, manly, holy and divine;
Here may our fellow men be shown
How they may live a life like Thine.