Let the church of God rejoice
For the Apostles' fostering care,
For the sounding of their voice,
For their preaching and their prayer.
Souls untiring God would choose
To the farthest lands to go.
These did God the Spirit use,
Holiest seed on earth to sow.
In the new Jerusalem,
Twelve foundations firm are laid;
On the Apostles of the Lamb
Is the glorious structure stayed.
Firmly built on them, may we,
Bound to Christ, our Cornerstone,
In the heavenly temple be,
One in heart, in purpose one.
Henry Alford, 1867; alt.
Tune: ALCESTER (126.96.36.199.)
Samuel Sebastian Wesley, 19th c.
P.S. The window is from the Church of Sts. Simon and Jude in Castlethorpe, Buckinghamshire.
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