THE MODEL CHURCH
How beautiful that Church must be
Where Watchful is the Porter,
While Prudence has the oversight,
And Patience the exhorter.
Where Harmony conducts the praise,
And Reverence the worship,
Where Loyalty ascribes to Christ
The undisputed Lordship.
Humility pervades the place,
And Piety sweet smileth.
Where Purity her fragrance breathes,
And Gentleness beguileth.
Simplicity adorns the walls,
And Grace all captivating
Benevolence is prominent
While Zeal is operating.
Here Mercy wears her diadem,
And Meekness conquers friction,
While Truth exerts its influence,
Joy adds its benediction.
Here Righteousness is placed on guard,
And Faith is ever active;
While Goodness evermore abounds
And Christ is all attractive.
O Lord! Restore Thy Church to this
Her primitive position
And let us taste on earth the bliss
Of this divine condition.