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Words by Timothy Dwight (1752-1817, 1800Tune: ST. THOMAS from Aaron Williams’ New Universal Psalmodist (1731-1776), 1770Key signature: G major (1 sharp)Time signature: 4/4Meter: 220.127.116.11.(S.M.)Public Domain1. I love Thy kingdom, Lord, The place of Thine abode, The church our blest Redeemer saved With His own precious blood.2. I love Thy church, O God; Her walls before Thee stand, Dear as the apple of Thine eye, And graven on Thy hand.3. For her my tears shall fall; For her my prayers ascend; To her my cares and toils be giv’n, Till toils and cares shall end.4. Beyond my highest joy I prize her heav’nly ways, Her sweet communion, solemn vows, Her hymns of love and praise.5. Sure as Thy truth shall last, To Zion shall be giv’n The brightest glories earth can yield, And brighter bliss of Heav’n.