Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, INSTALLATION HYMN, by CHARLES SPRAGUE

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First Line: Thou lofty one! Whose name is love
Last Line: Receive them to thy rest.

THOU lofty ONE! whose name is Love,
Whose praise all nations swell, —
Bend from thy glorious throne above,
And in this temple dwell.

Father, 't is thine — this sacred hour,
Thine let its spirit be;
And while each tongue proclaims thy power,
O turn each heart to thee.

Bless him, thy servant — bid him here
Thy faithful shepherd stand,
To fold for thee, through many a year,
This little, gathering band.

Bless him with grace their steps to lead,
Where no dark tests divide,
To make the name of CHRIST their creed,
His life and law their guide.

Bless them, thy children — them and theirs,
In all their ways below;
Be with them, Father, in their prayers,
And with them in their woe.

Be with them when they come to die,
And make the summons blest;
Then, in a better world on high,
Receive them to thy rest.

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