Scripture Verse

Ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 2 Corinthians 6:16


John B. Dykes

Words: John G. Whit­ti­er, 1864. These lines were adapt­ed from Whit­ti­er’s Hymn for the Op­en­ing of Tho­mas Starr King’s House of Wor­ship.

Music: Alms­giv­ing (Dykes) John B. Dykes, in the mu­sic­al ed­i­tion of The Ho­ly Year, 1865 (🔊 pdf nwc).

John G. Whittier

This po­em was writ­ten by Mr. Whit­ti­er while he was a guest at the As­quam House [Hol­der­ness, New Hamp­shire]. A fair was being held in aid of the lit­tle Epis­co­pal church at Hol­de­rness, and peo­ple at the ho­tel were asked to con­trib­ute. These lines were Whit­ti­er’s con­tri­bu­tion, and the la­dies in charge of the fair re­ceived ten dol­lars for them. They were writ­ten in an al­bum now in pos­ses­sion of a niece of Whit­ti­er’s Phi­l­ade­lphia friend, Jo­seph Lid­don Pen­nock.

S. T. Pickard
The Atlantic Monthly
December 1904, p. 795


Thy grace impart! In time to be
Shall one great temple rise to Thee—
Thy Church our broad humanity.

White flowers of love its walls shall climb,
Soft bells of peace shall ring its chime,
Its days shall all be holy time,

A sweeter song shall then be heard,
Confessing, in a world’s accord,
The inward Christ, the living Word,

That song shall swell from shore to shore,
One hope, one faith, one love restore
The seamless robe that Jesus wore,