We would see Jesus; for the shadows lengthenAuthor: Anna Bartlett Warner (1852)
Tune: CONSOLATION (Mendelssohn)
Published in 231 hymnals
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1 We would see Jesus; for the shadows lengthen
Across this little landscape of our life;
We would see Jesus, our weak faith to strengthen
For the last weariness, the final strife.
2 We would see Jesus, the great rock foundation
Whereon our feet were set by sovereign grace:
Nor life nor death, with all their agitation,
Can thence remove us, if we see His face.
3 We would see Jesus: other lights are paling,
Which for long years we have rejoiced to see;
The blessings of our pilgrimage are failing:
We would not mourn them, for we go to Thee.
4 We would see Jesus; yet the spirit lingers
Round the dear objects it has loved so long,
And earth from earth can scarce unclasp its fingers;
Our love to Thee makes not this love less strong.
5 We would see Jesus: sense is all too binding,
And heaven appears too dim, too far away;
We would see Thee, Thyself our hearts reminding
What Thou hast suffered, our great debt to pay.
6 We would see Jesus: this is all we're needing;
Strength, joy, and willingness come with the sight;
We would see Jesus, dying, risen, pleading;
Then welcome day, and farewell mortal night.
The Hymnal: revised and enlarged as adopted by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892
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|Author:||Anna Bartlett Warner (1852)|
We would see Jesus; for the shadows lengthen. [Death Anticipated.] Usually attributed to Ellen Ellis, a contributor to the Golden Grain Series, It is in Hastings's Church Melodies, 1858, the Hymnal Companion, 1890, &c.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
We would see Jesus: for the shadows lengthen, p. 1595, i. This hymn is in Miss Warner's novel, Dollars and Cents, N. Y., 1852, renamed Speculation; or the Glen-Luna Family. By Amy Lothrop (Lond.: Routledge & Co.), 1853, p. 173, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines. "Amy Lothrop" was a pen-name of Anna Warner, p. 1234, i. We know nothing of "Ellen Ellis," to whom the hymn is sometimes attributed.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
|Instances (3)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Hymns of Faith #537||We would see Jesus, for the shadows lengthen||We Would See Jesus||Anna B. Warner||Felix Mendelssohn||John 12:21; Romans 8:39; Hebrews 12:2; 1 John 2:47||[We would see Jesus, for the shadows lengthen]||E Flat Major||1980|
|Revival Hymns and Choruses #474||We would see Jesus, for the shadows lengthen||We Would See Jesus||Anna B. Warner, 1820-1915||Joseph Barnby, 1838-1896||O PERFECT LOVE||D Major||English||1982|
|Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #494||“We would see Jesus;” for the shadows lengthen||1985|