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The church's one foundation


    • The church's one foundation 
    • Is Jesus Christ, her Lord; 
    • She is His new creation 
    • By water and the word; 
    • From heaven He came and sought her 
    • To be His holy bride, 
    • With His own blood He bought her, 
    • And for her life He died. 

    • Elect from every nation, 
    • Yet one o'er all the earth, 
    • Her charter of salvation- 
    • One Lord, one faith, one birth; 
    • One holy name she blesses, 
    • Partakes one holy food, 
    • And to one hope she presses 
    • With every grace endued. 

    • Though with a scornful wonder 
    • Men see her sore oppressed, 
    • By schisms rent asunder, 
    • By heresies distressed, 
    • Yet saints their watch are keeping, 
    • Their cry goes up, 'How long?' 
    • And soon the night of weeping 
    • Shall be the morn of song. 

    • 'Mid toil, and tribulation, 
    • And tumult of her war, 
    • She waits the consummation 
    • Of peace forever more; 
    • Till with the vision glorious 
    • Her longing eyes are blessed, 
    • And the great church victorious 
    • Shall be the church at rest. 

    • Yet she on earth hath union 
    • With God the Three in One, 
    • And mystic sweet communion 
    • With those whose rest is won: 
    • O happy ones and holy! 
    • Lord, give us grace that we, 
    • Like them, the meek and lowly, 
    • On high may dwell with Thee

  • Album: English Hymns, Artist: Samuel John Stone, Language: English, Viewed: 775 times