When As Returns This Solemn Day


When, as returns this solemn day,
Man comes to meet his God,
What rites, what honors shall he pay?
How spread his praise abroad?

From marble domes and gilded spires
Shall clouds of incense rise?
And gems, and gold, and garlands deck
The costly sacrifice?

Vain, sinful man! creation’s Lord
Thy offerings well may spare;
But give thy heart, and thou shalt find
Thy God will hear thy prayer.