|1||Eternal! Assembled with songs of thanksgiving,
In courts where our forefathers lauded Thy Name,
We show forth the might of one faith ever-living,
By strains that continue through ages the same.
|2||Unchanging the theme of our high adoration,
One Father, One Spirit, One Savior we bless,
Unchanged from the first to the last generation,
The Church we revere and the Creed we confess.
|3||We thank Thee for being and life-long protection,
The chastening withdrawn and for blessings restored;
But most for the gift of our gracious election
To life everlasting through Jesus our Lord.
|4||We wandered, how kindly the Good Shepherd sought us–
We faltered, Thy favor enlightened our way;
And Thou, like a band of true brothers hast brought us
Rejoicing in Thee and Thy worship today.
|5||What gifts can we offer? Thy saints who are sleeping
So calmly around us proclaim from their rest,
“We won the bright crowns that the Master is keeping,
By grudging no treasure of all we loved best.”
|6||Accept with our praises this willing oblation
Of silver and gold from Thy children, to be
An earnest and part of such self-dedication–
Soul, body, and spirit devoted to Thee.
|7||Our life here is short, but Thy worship eternal!
These anthems we practise in faltering tone,
Imperfect rehearsal of anthems supernal,
O grant we may sing them surrounding Thy Throne.
|8||With Saints who have passed to Thy presence before us,
With Saints whose probation has scarcely begun,
Vouchsafe to assign us our parts in that chorus,
Of praise to the Father, the Spirit, the Son. Amen.