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A CONSECRATION FOR A NON-SECTARIAN CHURCH, by            
First Line: Before this new-made altar, lord
Last Line: And god himself shall be the light.
Subject(s): Brotherhood; Churches; God; Religion - Reformers; Temples; Cathedrals; Mosques


Before this new-made altar, Lord,
Passions and cavilings we lay,
All prejudices which would stay
Our spirits from a sweet accord
With love,—that love which wrought man's good,
Not in the controversial creeds,
But shone, by serving daily needs,
Divine in human brotherhood.

O sweet home-love! This love divine,
Interpreting with sorrow's art,
How hast thou, on a broken heart,
Upreared the spirit's sacred shrine,
That other souls may reach the height
Of temples builded without hand,
Wherein eternal law shall stand
And God himself shall be the light.





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