The Church’s One Foundation

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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 or foe or traitor
    She ever shall prevail.

  5. ‘Mid toil and tribulation,
    And tumult of her war,
    She waits the consummation
    Of peace for evermore;
    Till with the vision glorious
    Her longing eyes are blest,
    And the great church victorious
    Shall be the church at rest.

  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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