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Thy mansion is the Christian's heart - The House of Prayer
(William Cowper/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

The House of Prayer.

Mark 11,17.

1. Thy mansion is the Christian's heart,
  O Lord, thy dwelling-place secure!
Bid the unruly throng depart,
  and leave the consecrated door.

2. Devoted as it is to thee,
  a thievish swarm frequents this place;
they steal away my joys from me,
  and rob my Saviour of his praise.

3. There, too, a sharp designing trade
   sin, Satan and the world maintain;
nor cease to press me, and persuade
  to part with ease, and purchase pain.

4. I know them, and I hate their din,
  am weary of the bustling crowd;
but while their voice is heard within,
  I cannot serve thee as I would.

5. Oh for the joy thy presence gives,
  what peace shall reign when thou art here!
Thy presence makes this den of thieves
  a calm delightful house of prayer.

6. And if thou make thy temple shine,
  yet self-abased, will I adore;
the gold and silver are not mine,
  I give thee what was thine before.

William Cowper, The Complete Poetical Works of William Cowper, 1853(?), 243.

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