~I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord
leader of early American hymn-writers was Rev. Timothy Dwight. He was
president of Yale College, a post which he held with great honor. The
students had unanimously voted for him as president.
literary work was done with a handicap, since his sight failed him on
account of smallpox, with which, after the fashion of those days before
vaccination, he was deliberately inoculated. He was always suffering
from pain in his eyes and the front of his brain, and seldom could read
consecutively more than fifteen minutes a dayóoften not at all.
Dwight wrote 33 hymns, but I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord is by far the best
and the most popular.
Love Thy Kingdom, Lord.
I love Thy kingdom, Lord,
house of Thine abode;
church our blest Redeemer saved
His own precious blood,
love Thy church, O God!
walls before Thee stand,
as the apple of Thine eye,
graven on Thy hand.
For her my tears shall fall,
her my prayers ascend;
her my cares and toils be givín,
toils and cares shall end;
my highest joy
prize her heavínly ways,
sweet communion, solemn vows,
hymns of love and praise.
Jesus, Thou Friend divine,
Savior and our King!
hand from evíry snare and foe
great delivírance bring;
as Thy truth shall last,
Zion shall be givín
brightest glories earth can yield,
brighter bliss of heavín.
Paul, Steve Greenís MIDI Hymnal, (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos
Research Systems, Inc.) 1998.