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2 And so to earth again we trust
What came from dust, and turns to dust,
3 His trials and his griefs are past,
A blessed end is his at last;
4 He lives where none can mourn and weep,
And calmly shall this body sleep
5 So help us, Christ, our hope in loss!
Thou hast redeemed us by Thy cross
M. Weiss. C. Winkworth. (tr.)
our heads are bowed with woe,
Thou our throbbing flesh hast worn,
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3 When the sullen death-bell tolls
For our own departed souls ;
4 Thou hast bowed the dying head ;
Thou the blood of life hast shed ;
5 When the heart is sad within
With the thought of all its sin;
6 Thou the shame, the grief hast known,
Though the sins were not Thine own,
H. H. Milman.
Laying the Foundation Stone of a Church,
The bounds of the eternal hills,
Grant that all we, who here to-day
3 Endue the creatures with Thy grace,
That shall adorn Thy dwelling-place ;
4 To Thee they all pertain ; to Thee
The treasures of the earth and sea;
5 The heads that guide endue with skill :
The hands that work preserve from ill;
6 Both now and ever, Lord, protect
The temple of Thine own elect;
:' 7. M. Neale.
Consecration of a Church.
And the precious Corner-stone ;
Binds them closely into one ;
And her confidence alone.
All that dedicated City
Dearly loved by God on high,
Pours perpetual melody:
3 To this Temple, where we call Thee,
Come, O Lord of Hosts, to-day !
Hear Thy servants as they pray:
Shed within these walls for aye.
4 Here vouchsafe to all Thy servants,
What they supplicate, to gain :
Those good things their prayers obtain ;
With Thy blessed ones to reign.
5 Laud and honour to the Father,
Laud and honour to the Son,
Ever Three and ever One:
May the dead be laid to rest ! 3 Here to Thee a temple stand
While the sea shall gird the land !
4 Hallelujah! earth and sky
To the joyful sound reply !
Gird you with your armour bright;
Hard the battle ye must fight.
O'er a faithless fallen world
Bear it onward, lift it high.