From thee all skill and science flow
From thee all skill and science flow. Charles Kingsley* (1819-1875).
The note to Kingsley’s Collected Poems of 1889, states that this hymn was written in 1870 for the opening of a new wing of the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham (according to Kingsley’s widow, it was written for another occasion, the laying of a foundation stone of another hospital in Birmingham, but this seems less likely). It had six verses, beginning ‘Accept this building, gracious Lord’, and it was sung on that occasion by a choir of a thousand school children. It began:
Accept this building, gracious Lord,
No temple though it be;
We raised it for our suffering kin,
And so, good Lord, for thee.
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