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 with 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.
Source: The Cyber Hymnal #7257
|First Line:||We would see Jesus; for the shadows lengthen|
|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|
|Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #494||“We would see Jesus;” for the shadows lengthen||1985|
|The Cyber Hymnal #7257||We would see Jesus; for the shadows lengthen||We Would See Jesus (Warner)||Anna B. Warner||John Bacchus Dykes||220.127.116.11||VISIO DOMINI||G Major or modal||312211217132543||English||1996|