Jesus, Thy Church with longing eyes. W. H. Bathurst. [Second Advent.] First published in his Psalms & Hymns, 1831, No. 41, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed “Second Coming of Christ." It has passed into a large number of hymn-books, both in Great Britain and America, and ranks as one of the most popular of Bathurst's hymns. It is a most suitable hymn on behalf of Foreign Missions. Original text in Thring's Collection, 1882.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)