Lord of the worlds above

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Lord of the worlds above, 
how pleasant and how fair 
the dwellings of thy love, 
thine earthly temples are! 
To thine abode my heart aspires 
with warm desires to see my God. 

The sparrow for her young 
with pleasure seeks a nest, 
and wandering swallows long 
to find their wonted rest. 
My spirit faints with equal zeal 
to rise and dwell among thy saints. 

Oh, happy those who pray 
where God appoints to hear! 
Oh, happy those who pay 
their constant service there! 
They praise thee still and happy they 
who love the way to Zion's hill. 

They go from strength to strength 
through this dark vale of tears 
till each arrives at length, 
till each in heaven appears. 
Oh, glorious seat when God our king 
shall thither bring our willing feet.

#39 in Hymnal: A Worship Book

Words:  based on Psalm 84, Isaac Watts, Psalms of David, 1719
   Tune:  Lewis Edson, The Chorister's Companion, 1782 or 1783

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