O Thou! Who Hast A Temple Shrine

O Thou! Who hast a temple shrine

Author: John R. Macduff
Tune: EMMANUEL (Balle)
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1 O Thou! Who hast a temple shrine
In every lowly, contrite soul,
Spirit of God! These lips of mine
Touch with a living altar-coal.

2 No costly rites I need prepare,
No rich oblations need I bring;
The humble heart, the fervent prayer,
Are Thine accepted offering.

3 Guide to all truth, vouchsafe Thine aid,
Control my thoughts, direct my way;
May holy fear of Thee pervade
The varied duties of each day.

4 Ere I begin life’s common task,
Hushed be its feverish cares a while,
That calm reposing may I bask,
Eternal One! beneath Thy smile.

5 Giver and source of peace divine,
Thy will submissive would I wait;
Each pulse of heavenly life is Thine,
Descend, Thou promised Paraclete!

6 Not as of old, in awful power,
With rushing wind and lambent fire,
But gently, like the falling shower,
Great Spirit, come! my soul inspire!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8049

Author: John R. Macduff

Macduff, John Ross, D.D., second son of Alexander Macduff, of Bonhard, near Perth, was born at Bonhard, May 23, 1818. After studying at the University of Edinburgh, he became in 1842 parish minister of Kettins, Forfarshire, in 1849 of St. Madoes, Perthshire, and in 1855 of Sandyford, Glasgow. He received the degree of D.D. from the University of Glasgow in 1862, and about the same time also from the University of New York. He retired from pastoral work in 1871, lived at Chislehurst, Kent and died in 1887. He has published many practical and devotional works which have attained a wide circulation. In 1857 he was appointed by the General Assembly a member of their Hymnal Committee. His 31 hymns appeared in his Altar Stones, 1853, and were als… Go to person page >

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First Line: O Thou! Who hast a temple shrine
Title: O Thou! Who Hast A Temple Shrine
Author: John R. Macduff
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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