Light up this house with glory, Lord

Light up this house with glory, Lord. John Harris* (1802-1856). Written, presumably, for the opening of a chapel, and first published in the New Congregational Hymn Book (1859) not long after Harris’s death. It is found in the ‘Special Occasions’ section under ‘Founding and Opening Places of Worship’. The original text in 1859 was as follows: Light up this house with glory, Lord;   Enter, and claim Thine own; Receive the homage of our souls,   Erect Thy temple throne. We rear no altar, – Thou hast died;   We deck no priestly shrine; What need have we of creature-aid?    The power to save is Thine.  We ask no bright shekinah-cloud   To glorify the place; Give, Lord, the substance of...

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