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Our Fathers in the years grown dim

Our fathers, in the years grown dim, reared slowly, wall by wall
A holy dwelling place for Him, that filleth all in all.
They wrought His house of faith and prayer, the rainbow round the throne,
A precious temple builded fair on Christ the Cornerstone.

The angel of the golden reed hath found the measure strait;
He hears the Great Foundation plead for ampler wall and gate.
The living pillars of the Truth grown on from morn to morn,
And still the heresy of youth is age�s creed outworn.

But steadfast is their inner shrine wrought of the heart�s fine gold,
Its hunger and its thirst divine, with jewels manifold,
Red sard of pain, hope�s emerald gleam, white peace, no glory missed
Of righteous life and saintly dream, jasper to amethyst.

Spirit of truth, forbid that we who now God�s temple are
And keep the faith with minds more free, our father�s fabric mar.
Better than thoughts the stars that search is self still sacrificed,
For only love can build the church whose cornerstone is Christ.


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