I build a house to the name of the Lord my God, to dedicate it to Him.@2 Chronicles 2:4

Ja­cob R. Scott, in The Psalm­ist, edited by Bar­on Stow & Sam­u­el F. Smith (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Gould, Ken­dall & Lin­coln, 1843), number 944.

Downs Low­ell Ma­son, 1832 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lowell Mason (1792–1872)

To Thee this temple we devote,
Our Father and our God;
Accept it Thine, and seal it now
Thy Spirit’s blest abode.

Here may the prayer of faith ascend,
The voice of praise arise;
O, may each lowly service prove
Accepted sacrifice.

Here may the sinner learn his guilt,
And weep before his Lord;
Here, pardoned, sing a Savior’s love,
And here his vows record.

Here may affliction dry the tear,
And learn to trust in God,
Convinced it is a Father smites,
And love that guides the rod.

Peace be within these sacred walls;
Prosperity be here;
Long smile upon Thy people, Lord,
And evermore be near.