Words: , 1826; Will­is wrote this hymn for the con­se­cra­tion of the Han­o­ver Street Church in Bos­ton, Mass­a­chu­setts.

Music: Duke Street, at­trib­ut­ed to , 1793.

The perfect world, by Adam trod,
Was the first temple built by God;
His fiat laid the corner stone,
And heaved its pillars one by one.

He hung its starry roof on high,
The broad expanse of azure sky;
He spread its pavement, green and bright,
And curtained it with morning light.

The mountains in their places stood,
The sea, the sky; and all was good;
And when its first pure praises rang,
The morning stars together rang.

Lord, ’tis not ours to make the sea,
And earth, and sky, a house for Thee;
But in Thy sight our offering stands,
A humbler temple, made with hands.