The Church's One Foundation

The Church's one foundation
Is Jesus Christ her Lord;
She is the 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.

Elect from every nation,
Yet one over all the earth,
Her charter of salvation,
One Lord, one faith, one birth;
One holy name she blesses,
And shares one holy food,
As to one hope she presses,
With every grace endued.

On earth she has a union
With God the Three-in-One;
And mystic, sweet communion
With those whose rest is won:
O happy ones and holy!
Lord, grant to us your grace,
With them the meek and lowly,
In heaven to see your face.

Samuel John Stone