1 Show me Thy face one transient gleam
Of loveliness divine,
And I shall never think nor dream
Of other love save Thine;
All lesser light will darken quite,
All lower glories wane,
The beautiful of earth will scarce
Seem beautiful again.
2 Show me Thy face my faith and love
Shall henceforth fixed be,
And nothing here have power to move
My soul's serenity;
My life shall seem a trance, a dream,
And all I feel and see
Illusive, visionary, Thou,
The one Reality!
3 Show me Thy face I shall forget
The weary days of yore,
The fretting ghosts of vain regret
Shall haunt my soul no more;
All doubts and fears for future years
In quiet trust subside,
And nought but blest content and calm
With my breast abide.
4 Show me Thy face the heaviest cross
Will then seem light to bear,
There will be gain for every loss,
And peace with every care;
With such light feet the years shall fleet,
Life seem as brief as blest,
Till I have laid my burden down,
And entered into rest.