To Thy Temple I repair

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1 To your temple, Lord, I come,
for it is my worship home.
This earth has no better place,
here I see my Savior's face.

2 While your glorious praise is sung,
touch my lips, unloose my tongue
that my joyful soul may bless
Christ the Lord, my righteousness.

3 While the prayers of saints ascend,
God of love, to mine attend.
Hear me, for your Spirit pleads;
hear, for Jesus intercedes.

4 While your ministers proclaim
peace and pardon in your name,
through their voice, by faith, may I
hear you speaking from the sky.

5 From your house when I return,
may my heart within me burn,
and at evening let me say,
"I have walked with God today."

Source: Moravian Book of Worship #553

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

Notes

To Thy temple I repair. J. Mont¬gomery. [Divine Worship.] Published in Collyer's Collection, 1812, No. 916, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "A Sabbath Hymn." It was repeated in Cotterill's Selection, 1819, No. 286; in Montgomery's Christian Psalmist 1825, No. 468; and in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 115. It is in common use in its original form; as "In Thy presence we appear," in Kennedy, 1863; and as "To Thy presence I repair," in Dale's English Hymn Book, 1874. In R. Binghani's Hymnologia Christiana Latina, 1871, the original, with the omission of stanza v., is rendered into Latin as, "Sacratam Domini domum."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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