I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.@Matthew 16:18
Arthur C. Coxe (1818–1896)

Arthur C. Coxe, 1839. At the 1873 general conference of the Evangelical Alliance in New York City, President Wool­sey of Yale University quoted the first stanza of this hymn while speaking of the world’s skeptical attitude toward prayer. The applause was thunderous.

Tallis’ Ordinal Thom­as Tal­lis, circa 1567 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Egyptian Temple
Marc-Charles-Gabriel Gleyre, 1840

O where are kings and empires now
Of old, that went and came?
But Lord, Thy Church is praying yet,
A thousand years the same.

We mark her goodly battlements
And her foundations strong;
We hear, within, the solemn voice
Of her unending song.

For not like kingdoms of the world
Thy holy Church, O God,
Though earthquake shocks are threatening her,
And tempests are abroad.

Unshaken as eternal hills,
Immovable she stands,
A mountain that shall fill the earth,
A house not made by hands.