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.
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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