He built His church upon the earth
where fires kill and demons rage.
He tried His words and proved their worth
in humble men of every age.
He spread His kingdom everywhere
though kings of men forbade Him come.
He crushed the serpent and his snares
and brought His outcast servants home.
He gave Himself a glorious wife
though she was sin-chased, human, frail.
He bought the church with His own life—
the gates of hell could not prevail.