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Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.

By Hymns. I. “The Church’s one Foundation”

Samuel John Stone (1839–1900)

“I Believe in the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints.”

THE CHURCH’S one Foundation


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.

Elect from every nation,

Yet one o’er all the earth,

Her charter of salvation

One LORD, one Faith, one Birth;

One Holy Name she blesses,

Partakes one Holy Food,

And to one Hope she presses,

With every grace endued.

The Church shall never perish!

Her dear LORD to defend,

To guide, sustain, and cherish,

Is with her to the end:

Though there be those who hate her,

And false sons in her pale,

Against or foe or traitor

She ever shall prevail.

Though with a scornful wonder

Men see her sore opprest,

By schisms rent asunder,

By heresies distrest;

Yet saints their watch are keeping,

Their cry goes up “How long?”

And soon the night of weeping

Shall be the morn of song.

’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.

Yet she on earth hath union


And mystic sweet communion

With those whose rest is won:

With all her sons and daughters,

Who, by the Master’s Hand

Led through the deathly waters,

Repose in Eden-Land.

Oh, happy ones and holy!

LORD, give us grace that we

Like them, the meek and lowly,

On high may dwell with Thee!

There past the border mountains,

Where in sweet vales the Bride

With Thee by living fountains

For ever shall abide.