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Great God, to thee our hearts we raise
in joyful adoration;
with saints above we hymn thy praise
in notes of exultation;
they, round thy throne a shining throng,
stand, thy dread might confessing:
we at thy feet pour forth our song,
and humbly seek thy blessing.
To thy great glory, Lord, we place,
within thy shrine most holy,
these hallowed gifts, thy courts to grace,
with thankful hearts and lowly.
Accept, we pray, these works of love,
and seal them thine for ever:
thy gracious unction from above
pour thou on gifts and giver.
Fountain of good and God of love,
dwelling in light supernal;
of all thy gifts from heaven above,
grant us the life eternal.
And when within this shrine we kneel,
our sacred Master meeting,
O may our hearts his presence feel,
and joy in heavenly greeting.
God of our fathers, thee we hail,
one God from everlasting,
while saints their crowns within the veil
before thy throne are casting.
On us and ours, O Lord, we pray,
in joy and in affliction,
shed forth thy Spirit day by day
in hallowing benediction.