Christ is Made the Sure Foundation

This is a hymn about Christ.  

It was translated by English Anglican priest, scholar and hymnwriter John Mason Neale (1818–1866) from a seventh century Latin text. It was first published in English in 1851.

With meter, tunes it is set to include:
  • REGENT SQUARE by Henry T Smart
  • WESTMINSTER ABBEY by Henry Purcell (1680)
  • UNSER HERRSCHER by Joachim Neander (1680)



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Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ the head and cornerstone;
Chosen of the Lord, and precious,
Binding all the Church in one,
Holy Zion’s help forever,
And her confidence alone.

All that dedicated city,
Dearly loved of God on high,
In exultant jubilation,
Pours perpetual melody,
God the One in Three adoring
In glad hymns eternally.

To this temple, where we call Thee,
Come, O Lord of Hosts, today;
With Thy wonted loving kindness
Hear Thy servants as they pray.
And Thy fullest benediction
Shed within its walls away.

Here vouchsafe to all Thy servants
What they ask of Thee to gain;
What they gain from Thee forever
With the blessed to retain,
And hereafter in Thy glory
Evermore with Thee to reign.

Laud and honour to the Father,
Laud and honour to the Son,
Laud and honour to the Spirit,
Ever Three and ever One;
Consubstantial, co-eternal,
While unending ages run.

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