1 Here, O my Lord, I see thee face to face;
here would I touch and handle things unseen,
here grasp with firmer hand th'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 I have no help but thine, nor do I need
another arm save thine to lean upon:
it is enough, my Lord, enough indeed;
my strength is in thy might, thy might alone.
5 Mine is the sin, but thine the righteousness;
mine is the guilt, but thine the cleansing blood;
here is my robe, my refuge, and my peace:
thy blood, thy righteousness, O Lord my God.
Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #202
|First Line:||Here, O my Lord, I see Thee face to face|
|Author:||Horatius Bonar (1855)|
|Liturgical Use:||Communion Songs|
Here, O my Lord, I see Thee face to face. H. Bonar. [Holy Communion.] Dr. H. Bonar's elder brother, Dr. John James Bonar, St. Andrew's Free Church, Greenock, is wont after each Communion, to print a memorandum of the various services, and a suitable hymn. After the Communion on the first Sunday of October, 1855, he asked his brother, Dr. H. Bonar, to furnish a hymn, and in a day or two received this hymn (possibly composed before), and it was then printed, with the memorandum, for the first time. It was published in Hymns of Faith and Hope, first series, 1857, in 10 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "This do in remembrance of me." In addition to being in extensive use in its original, or in an abridged but unaltered form, it is also given as:—
1. Here would I, Lord, behold Thee face to face, in Psalms & Hymns, Bedford, 1859, he.
2. Here, Lord, by faith I see Thee face to face, in Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, N. Y., 1872, &c.
3. Here, 0 my Lord, I humbly seek Thy face, in T. Darling's Hymns, &c, 1887.
4. And now we rise, the symbols disappear. Composed of stanzas v. and x. in the American Baptist Service of Song, Boston, 1871.
5. I have no help but Thine, nor do I need, in the Leeds Sunday School Hymn Book edition 1858.
In literary merit, earnestness, pathos, and popularity, this hymn ranks with the best of Dr. Bonar's compositions. [Rev. John Brownlie]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)