Hymn:The Church's One Foundation
Words:Samuel John Stone (1839-1900)
Music:Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-76)
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Verse 1
The church's one foundation 
is Jesus Christ, her Lord; 
she is his new creation 
by water and the Word: 
from heav'n he came and sought her 
to be his holy bride; 
with his own blood he bought her, 
and for her life he died. 
Verse 2
Elect from ev'ry 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 ev'ry grace endued. 
Verse 3
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. 
Verse 4
The church shall never perish! 
Her dear Lord to defend, 
to guide, sustain, and cherish, 
is with her to the end; 
though there be those that hate her, 
and false sons in her pale, 
against both foe and traitor 
she ever shall prevail. 
Verse 5
'Mid toil and tribulation, 
and tumult of her war, 
she waits the consummation 
of peace forevermore; 
till with the vision glorious 
her longing eyes are blest, 
and the great church victorious 
shall be the church at rest. 
Verse 6
Yet she on earth hath union 
with the 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. 
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