I love thy kingdom, Lord

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I love thy kingdom, Lord,
the house of thine abode,
the church our blessed redeemer saved
with his own precious blood.  
I love thy church, O God;
her walls before thee stand,
dear as the apple of thine eye,
and graven on thy hand.

For her my tears shall fall,
for her my prayers ascend,
to her my cares and toils be given
till toils and cares shall end.  
Beyond my highest joy
I prize her heav'nly ways,
her sweet communion, solemn vows,
her hymns of love and praise.

Jesus, thou friend divine,
our Savior and our king,
thy hand from every snare and foe
shall great deliverance bring.  
Sure as thy truth shall last,
to Zion shall be given
the brightest glories earth can yield,
and brighter bliss of heaven.

#308 in Hymnal: A Worship Book

Words:  Timothy Dwight, Psalms of David, 1880
   Tune:  Lowell Mason, Sacred Hymns, 1842

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