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We Shall See Him

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1 We are absent here from the Lord we love,
We shall see Him by and by;
Share His bliss and love in the home above,
In the happy home on high.

We shall see Him, and be like Him,
We shall see Him, by and by,
We shall see Him, and be like Him,
We shall see Him in His glory by and by.

2 Oh, the promise sweet, we shall Jesus meet,
And be with Him where He is;
In His likeness come to our heav'nly home,
To the home more fair than this. [Chorus]

3 At the set of sun, when our work is done,
He will stand at heaven's door,
And a welcome give, and His saints receive,
To be with Him evermore. [Chorus]

4 He will meet us there at the portals fair,
Of the new Jerusalem;
And His loved and own will forever crown
With a kingly diadem. [Chorus]

5 If we love the Lord and obey His word,
If we walk with Jesus here,
In His beauty dressed, with His likeness blest,
At His throne we shall appear. [Chorus]

Source: Crowning Glory No. 2: a collection of gospel hymns #204

Author: Elisha A. Hoffman

Elisha Hoffman (1839-1929) after graduating from Union Seminary in Pennsylvania was ordained in 1868. As a minister he was appointed to the circuit in Napoleon, Ohio in 1872. He worked with the Evangelical Association's publishing arm in Cleveland for eleven years. He served in many chapels and churches in Cleveland and in Grafton in the 1880s, among them Bethel Home for Sailors and Seamen, Chestnut Ridge Union Chapel, Grace Congregational Church and Rockport Congregational Church. In his lifetime he wrote more than 2,000 gospel songs including"Leaning on the everlasting arms" (1894). The fifty song books he edited include Pentecostal Hymns No. 1 and The Evergreen, 1873. Mary Louise VanDyke… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: We are absent here from the Lord we love
Title: We Shall See Him
Author: Elisha A. Hoffman
Language: English
Refrain First Line: We shall see him and be like him
Publication Date: 1890
Copyright: Public Domain



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Crowning Glory No. 2 #204

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Crowning Glory #148

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Hymns of the Second Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ #151

Living Songs for the Sunday School, the Epworth League, Prayer Meetings, Revivals #d170

Living Songs for the Sunday School, the Epworth League, Prayer Meetings, Revivals ... #d170

The Crowning Glory Nos. 1 and 2 #d383

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