817. We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight

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1 We walk by faith and not by sight;
with gracious words draw near,
O Christ, who spoke as none e'er spoke:
“My peace be with you here.”

2 We may not touch your hands and side,
nor follow where you trod;
but in your promise we rejoice,
and cry, "My Lord and God!"

3 Help then, O Lord, our unbelief;
and may our faith abound
to call on you when you are near
and seek where you are found.

4 And when our life of faith is done,
in realms of clearer light
may we behold you as you are,
with full and endless sight.

Text Information
First Line: We walk by faith and not by sight
Title: We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight
Author: Henry Alford (1844, alt.)
Meter: CM
Language: English
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ; ; ; ;
Topic: Death; Faith; Jesus Christ: Resurrection (2 more...)
Tune Information
Composer: Samuel McFarland (1814 c.)
Harmonizer: Richard Proulx (1986)
Meter: CM
Key: D Major
Copyright: Harm. © 1986 GIA Publications, Inc.

Text Information:

The opening line here is essentially a quotation of 2 Corinthians 5:7, but that affirmation is fleshed out by references to the appearance of the risen Christ to Thomas (John 20:19–29). The shape note tune, named for a stream in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, adds resolution to the words.

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