"Touch Me Not," To Mary Said

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1 "Touch Me not," to Mary said
Jesus, risen from the dead;
"For as yet I am not gone
Upward to My heav’nly throne;
Quit Me; bid My brethren know,
To My God and theirs I go."

2 We who, Lord, Thy Godhead have,
Carnal presence do not crave;
Faith Thee sees in Heaven stand,
Faith Thee touches with her hand;
We with hearts and minds arise,
And we touch Thee in the skies.

3 Hearts and minds to Thee arise,
Touching Thee above the skies;
Touching Thee when offering there
Incense of prevailing prayer;
Pleading in Thy Father’s eyes
Thine atoning sacrifice.

4 Give us grace to touch aright,
Live by faith and not by sight,
So, when earthly storms are o’er,
May we reach the peaceful shore,
And may there Thy glory see,
Dwelling ever, Lord, with Thee.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #14586

Author: Christopher Wordsworth

Christopher Wordsworth--nephew of the great lake-poet, William Wordsworth--was born in 1807. He was educated at Winchester, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A., with high honours, in 1830; M.A. in 1833; D.D. in 1839. He was elected Fellow of his College in 1830, and public orator of the University in 1836; received Priest's Orders in 1835; head master of Harrow School in 1836; Canon of Westminster Abbey in 1844; Hulsean Lecturer at Cambridge in 1847-48; Vicar of Stanford-in-the-Vale, Berks, in 1850; Archdeacon of Westminster, in 1865; Bishop of Lincoln, in 1868. His writings are numerous, and some of them very valuable. Most of his works are in prose. His "Holy Year; or, Hymns for Sundays, Holidays, and other occ… Go to person page >

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First Line: "Touch Me not," to Mary said
Title: "Touch Me Not," To Mary Said
Author: Christopher Wordsworth
Source: The Holy Year (London: Rivingtons: 1862)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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