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Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

The United Methodist Hymnal Number 559
Text: 7th cent. Latin; trans. by John Mason Neale, 1818-1866
Music: Henry Purcell; adapt. by Ernest Hawkins
Tune: WESTMINSTER ABBEY, Meter: 87.87.87

1. Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ the head and cornerstone;
chosen of the Lord and precious,
binding all the church in one;
holy Zion's help forever,
and her confidence alone.

2. To this temple, where we call thee,
come, O Lord of Hosts, today!
With thy faithful loving-kindness
hear thy people as they pray,
and thy fullest benediction
shed within its walls alway.

3. Here vouchsafe to all thy servants
what they ask of thee to gain;
what they gain from thee forever
with the blessed to retain,
and hereafter in thy glory
evermore with thee to reign.

4. Laud and honor to the Father,
laud and honor to the Son,
laud and honor to the Spirit,
ever three and ever one;
one in might and one in glory,
while unending ages run.

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