Scripture Verse

The Most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands. Acts 7:48


Words & Mu­sic: N. B. Sar­gent, 1887 (🔊 pdf nwc). Ap­peared in Hymns New and Old, Re­vised (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Flem­ing H. Re­vell, 1891).

If you know Sar­gent’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


We are building in sorrow or joy,
A temple the world may not see,
Which time cannot mar nor destroy:
We build for eternity.


We are building every day
A temple the world may not see,
Building, building every day,
Building for eternity.

Every thought that we’ve ever had,
Its own little place has filled;
Every deed we have done, good or bad,
Is a stone in the temple we build.


Every word that so lightly falls,
Giving some heart joy or pain,
Will shine in our temple walls,
Or ever its beauty stain.


Are you building for God alone?
Are you building in faith and love
A temple the Father will own,
In the city of light above?