25 The Church's One Foundation

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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.
2. 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.
3. 'Mid toil and tribulation and tumult of her war,
She waits the consummation of peace forever more,
Till, with the vision glorious, her longing eyes are blest,
and the great Church victorious shall be the Church at rest.
4. Yet she on earth hath union with God and Christ, His Son,
and there is 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, may one day reign with Thee.

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