There is within this heart of mine
A little church, with sacred shrine,
And stained forever with the blood
Of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.
Here dwelleth God the Father, Son,
And Holy Spirit, Three in One;
He is my soul’s beloved Guest,
And grants my heart true peace and rest.
This little church looks poor and odd;
But being the abode of God
It has a glorious, peerless grace:
It is God’s royal dwelling-place.
This little church, Lord, I commend
Unto Thy care, and pray: Defend
And shield it from calamity,
Dwell there now and eternally.
Mir ist ein geistlich Kirchelein
B. Derschau, †1639 (after the Latin of B. Walther)
Tr. August Crull, 1890
Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-Book, 1927, No. 280
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