[ The Church's One Foundation ]
- The Church's one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord;
She is His new creation by water and the Word:
From Heav'n 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, par-takes one holy food;
And to one hope she presses, With every grace endued.
- Though with a scornful wonder Men see her sore oppressed,
By schisms rent asunder, By heresies distressed,
Yet saints their watch are keeping, their cry goes up- "How long?"
But soon the night of weeping shall be the morn of song.
- Yet she 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.