The Vision of Jesus

We would see Jesus, in Bethlehem’s glade

Author: Henry L. Gilmour
Tune: [“We would see Jesus,” in Bethlehem’s glade]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 “We would see Jesus,” in Bethlehem’s glade,
Born in a manger, in poverty’s shade;
Sought for by wise men from country afar,
Wise in their seeking, and led by a star.

Refrain:
“We would see Jesus,” in all that we say;
“We would see Jesus,” day after day;
“We would see Jesus,” whene’er we pray;
O for a vision of Jesus.

2 “We would see Jesus,” neath olive-tree shade,
Falling in anguish, and bloody sweat prayed;
Thrice asking favor from heaven above,
Yielding his will, to the Father in love. [Refrain]

3 “We would see Jesus,” on dark Calvary,
Dying in anguish, for you and for me,
Breathing his life out that sinners might live
Love’s benediction, O Father forgive. [Refrain]

4 “We would see Jesus,” in high-priestly pray’r,
For his disciples who bowed with him there;
And for believers that they be hence-forth,
Sanctified wholly through Jesus the truth. [Refrain]

5 “We would see Jesus,” in Joseph’s new tomb
By loving hands spiced for the grave, and its gloom;
Waiting the vict’ry, by earth-quake made known
When angel messengers roll’d back the stone. [Refrain]

Source: Songs of Praise and Salvation #135

Author: Henry L. Gilmour

Born: January 19, 1836, Londonderry, Ireland. Died: May 20, 1920, Delair, New Jersey, after a buggy accident. Buried: Wenonah Cemetery, Mantua Township, New Jersey. Gilmour emigrated to America as a teenager. He started working as a painter, then served in the American civil war, where he was captured and spent several months in Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia. After the war, he became a dentist. In 1869, he moved to Wenonah, New Jersey, and helped found the Wenonah Methodist Church in 1885. For four decades, he directed the choir at the Pitman Grove Camp Meeting, and worked at camp meetings and revivals in Mountain Lake Park, Maryland, and Ridgeview Park, Pennsylvania. His works include: The Silver Trumpet, with Kelso Carter (… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: We would see Jesus, in Bethlehem’s glade
Title: The Vision of Jesus
Author: Henry L. Gilmour
Refrain First Line: “We would see Jesus,” in all that we say
Publication Date: 1903
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.
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