#188: I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord!

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)


I love Thy kingdom, Lord!

The house of Thine abode —

The Church our blest Redeemer saved

With His own precious blood.


I love Thy Church, O God!

Her walls before Thee stand,

Dear as the apple of Thine eye

And graven on Thy hand.


For her  my tears shall fall,

For her my prayers ascend —

To her my cares and toils be giv’n

Till toils and cares shall end.


Beyond my highest joy

I prize her heav’nly ways —

Her sweet communion, solemn vows,

Her hymns of love and praise.


Sure as Thy truth shall last,

To Zion shall be giv’n

The brightest glories earth can yield,

And brighter bliss of heav’n.

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