The Lord is in his holy place
The Lord is in his holy place. William Channing Gannett* (1840-1923)
Written for the dedication of a church in Chicago, and published in Singers and Songs of the Liberal Faith (Boston, 1975), edited by Alfred P. Putnam. It was later included in The Thought of God in hymns and poems (Boston, 1885), the first of a series of three collections with that title edited by Channing with Frederick Lucian Hosmer*. It is a most unusual hymn; perhaps for that very reason it caught the eye of Percy Dearmer*, who included it in SofP and SofPE. The first verse, in particular, describes God in the natural world with originality and flair:
The Lord is in his holy place In all things near and far!...
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