Christ is our cornerstone (Samuel Sebastian Wesley)

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  • (Posted 2009-12-26)  CPDL #20684:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2009-12-26).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 19 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2007-11-14)  CPDL #15414:       
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2007-11-14).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 23 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: From the Cyber Hymnal™.

General Information

Title: Christ is our cornerstone
Composer: Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Tune: Harewood
Lyricist: John Chandler

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 66. 66. 88

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published:

Description: The words are a translation of the Latin hymn, Angularis fundamentum lapis, from Hymns of the Primitive Church, by Rev. John Chandler. The tune presumably dates from the time that Wesley was organist at Leeds Parish Church, Yorkshire. (Harewood is near Leeds)

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1  Christ is our cornerstone,
 on him alone we build;
 with his true saints alone
 the courts of heaven are filled:
 on his great love
 our hopes we place
 of present grace
 and joys above.

2  O then with hymns of praise
 these hallowed courts shall ring;
 our voices we will raise
 the Three in One to sing;
 and thus proclaim
 in joyful song,
 both loud and long,
 that glorious name.

3  Here, gracious God, do thou
 for evermore draw nigh;
 accept each faithful vow,
 and mark each suppliant sigh;
 in copious shower
 on all who pray
 each holy day
 thy blessings pour.

4  Here may we gain from heaven
 the grace which we implore;
 and may that grace, once given,
 be with us evermore,
 until that day
 when all the blest
 to endless rest
 are called away.