Unto thy temple, Lord, we come
Unto thy temple, Lord, we come. Robert Collyer* (`1823-1912)
Written in 1859, when Collyer, who had been a travelling preacher in Illinois, became pastor of the newly-founded Unity Church in Chicago, created by those who admired his preaching and wished him to have a church of his own. It began ‘With thankful hearts, O God, we come/ To a new temple built for Thee’. It was brought to Britain by William Garrett Horder*, who published it in Worship-Song (London, 1905), with a substantial alteration to the opening. In its altered form it has a general application, and is an appropriate hymn for the opening of worship:
Unto Thy temple, Lord, we come With thankful hearts to worship Thee, And...
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