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The Church’s One Foundation

Samuel J. Stones

Verse 1
The Church’s One Foundation
Is Jesus Christ her lord
She is his new creation
By water and the word
From heaven he came and sought her
To be his holy bride
With his own blood
He bought her and for her life he died


Verse 2
Elect from every nation
Her one over all the earth
Her charter of salvation
One lord one faith one birth
One holy name she blesses
Partake one holy food
And to one hope she presses
With every grace endued

Verse 3
Though with a scornful wonder
Men see her sore oppressed
By schisms rent asunder
By heresies distressed
Yet saints their watch are keeping
There cry goes up how long
And soon the night of weeping
Shall be the morn of song


Verse 4
Mid toil and tribulation
And tumult of her war
She waits the consummation
Of peace for evermore
Till with the vision glorious
Her longing eyes are blest
And the great church victorious
Shall be the church at rest

Verse 5
Yet Ashes on earth hath union
With God the three in one
And mystic sweet communion
With those whose rest is won
O happy ones and holy
Lord give us grace that we
Like them the meek and lowly
On high may dwell with thee


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