Here, O my Lord, I see Thee face to face

View this hymn using FlexPresent:'s free tool provides this hymn's music notationand lyrics synchronized with its audio

Here, O my Lord, I see Thee face to face

Author: Horatius Bonar (1855)
Communion Songs
Published in 288 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Playable presentation: Lyrics only, lyrics + music
Audio files: MIDI, Recording

Song available on My.Hymnary

Representative Text

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

Author: Horatius Bonar

Horatius Bonar was born at Edinburgh, in 1808. His education was obtained at the High School, and the University of his native city. He was ordained to the ministry, in 1837, and since then has been pastor at Kelso. In 1843, he joined the Free Church of Scotland. His reputation as a religious writer was first gained on the publication of the "Kelso Tracts," of which he was the author. He has also written many other prose works, some of which have had a very large circulation. Nor is he less favorably known as a religious poet and hymn-writer. The three series of "Hymns of Faith and Hope," have passed through several editions. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Here, O my Lord, I see Thee face to face
Author: Horatius Bonar (1855)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
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)



LANGRAN (also known as ST. AGNES) was composed by James Langran (b. London, England, 1835; d. London, 1909) and first published by Novello in a pamplet in 1861 as a setting for the hymn text "Abide with Me." Several other texts have also been set to the tune, which is one of Langran's best. Sing it…

Go to tune page >


MORECAMBE was composed in 1870 by Frederick C. Atkinson (b. Norwich, England, 1841; d. East Dereham, England, 1896) as a setting for Henry Lyte's "Abide with Me" (442). It was first published in G. S. Barrett and E.J. Hopkins's Congregational Church Hymnal (1887). The tune is named for a coastal tow…

Go to tune page >




You have access to this FlexScore.
Are parts of this score outside of your desired range? Try transposing this FlexScore.
General Settings
Stanza Selection
Voice Selection
Text size:
Music size:
Transpose (Half Steps):
Contacting server...
Contacting server...

Questions? Check out the FAQ

A separate copy of this score must be purchased for each choir member. If this score will be projected or included in a bulletin, usage must be reported to a licensing agent (e.g. CCLI, OneLicense, etc).

This is a preview of your FlexScore.
The Cyber Hymnal #2323
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #10360
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
The United Methodist Hymnal #623
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)


Instances (1 - 53 of 53)
TextPage Scan

African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #531

Ambassador Hymnal #277

An Nou Chanté! #58


Ancient and Modern #447

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #304

TextPage Scan

Celebrating Grace Hymnal #460

TextPage Scan

Chalice Hymnal #416


Christian Worship #315

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #418

TextPage Scan

Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #664a


Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #664b


Common Praise #304

TextPage Scan

Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #279

Page Scan

Complete Mission Praise #230

Text InfoTextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan

Glory to God #517

Hymnal #465

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #274

Hymns and Psalms #608a

Hymns and Psalms #608b


Hymns for a Pilgrim People #521


Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #406


Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #664a


Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #664b

Hymns of the Christian Life #429

Hymns of the Saints #328

TextPage Scan

Hymns to the Living God #281


Lutheran Service Book #631


Lutheran Worship #243

TextPage Scan

Moravian Book of Worship #421

Praise y Adoración #270a

Page Scan

Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #157

TextPage Scan

Rejoice in the Lord #549


Sampler #712

Sing Glory #468

TextPage Scan

Sing Joyfully #259


Small Church Music #62

The Book of Praise #543

The Covenant Hymnal #559


The Cyber Hymnal #2323


The Cyber Hymnal #10360


The Hymnal 1982 #318

TextPage Scan

The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #325

TextPage Scan

The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #383

TextPage Scan

The New Century Hymnal #336

TextPage Scan

The Presbyterian Hymnal #520

TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan

The United Methodist Hymnal #623


The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #265


The Worshiping Church #783


Together in Song #516

TextFlexscorePage Scan

Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #378

TextPage Scan

Trinity Psalter Hymnal #202

TextPage Scan

Voices United #459

TextPage Scan

Worship and Service Hymnal #178

Include 235 pre-1979 instances
Suggestions or corrections? Contact us


It looks like you are using an ad-blocker. Ad revenue helps keep us running. Please consider white-listing or subscribing to eliminate ads entirely and help support