Builder of Ages

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1. Builder of ages, planner divine,
Drawing the length and breadth of space and time;
Yet also monarch with kingdom to build,
And golden capital still yet unfilled.

2. Surveyor, architect, craftsman sublime,
He drew the blueprint ere the start of time,
Building with living stones fair temples bright,
Fixing our hearts into His halls of light.

3. First came the cornerstone, Jesus, our Lord;
We hear this mighty Rock call from the Word:
Build up My Church, says He, it cannot fail;
As long as you believe, you will prevail.

4. As you are gathered here, so here am I,
Lift up your hearts and song unto the sky;
Call in My citizens, do not delay;
Bring in My kingdom of the perfect day.

5. So, in this year to come, we vow to build
Two things for Christ our king, with spirit filled:
First, we will make a house, fit for a king;
And build within ourselves hearts fit to sing.

Author: Richard W. Adams

Born: 1952, Mis­souri. Adams grad­u­at­ed from the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Mis­sou­ri, Co­lum­bia (BA 1974, cum laude, Phi Be­ta Kap­pa). Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Builder of ages, planner divine
Title: Builder of Ages
Author: Richard W. Adams (2004)
Language: English
Copyright: © 2004 Richard W. Adams. These lyrics may be freely reproduced or published for Christian worship or devotions, provided they are not altered, & this notice is on each copy. All other rights reserved.

Tune

BREAD OF LIFE (Sherwin)

William F. Sherwin (PHH 8) composed BREAD OF LIFE in 1877 for the stanzas by Lathbury when he was the music director for the Chautauqua Institution. A good fit for the hymn text, BREAD OF LIFE is a quiet tune, meditative in tone but with a fine climax in its final phrase. Sing this tune in harmony a…

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