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281. Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face

1 Here, O my Lord, I see Thee face to face;
here would we touch and handle things unseen;
here grasp with firmer hand eternal grace
and all my weariness upon Thee lean.

2 Here would I feed upon the bread of God,
here drink with Thee the royal wine of heav'n;
here would I lay aside each earthly load,
here taste afresh the calm of sin forgiv'n.

3 This is the hour of banquet and of song;
this is the heav'nly table spread for me;
here let me feast, and feasting, still prolong
the brief, bright hour of fellowship with Thee.

4 Too soon we rise, the symbols disappear;
the feast, though not the love, is past and done;
gone are the bread and wine, but Thou art here,
nearer than ever, still my Shield and Sun.

5 Feast after feast thus comes, and passes by;
yet passing, points to the glad feast above;
giving sweet foretaste of the festal joy,
the Lamb's great bridal feast of bliss and love.

Text Information
First Line: Here, O my Lord, I see Thee face to face
Title: Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face
Author: Horatius Bonar (1855)
Language: English
Publication Date: 2017
Topic: Communion
Tune Information
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn, 19th cent.
Key: D Major

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