We would see Jesus; for the shadows lengthen

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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 sov’reign 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: 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: 50 Uncommon Songs: for partakers of the common salvation #43

Author: Anna Bartlett Warner

Warner, Anna, daughter of Henry W. Warner, and sister of Sarah Warner, author of Queechy, and other novels, was born near New York City about 1822. She is the author of the novel, Say and Seal, 1859, and others of a like kind. She also edited Hymns of the Church Militant, 1858; and published Wayfaring Hymns, Original and Translated, 1869. Her original hymns in common use include:— l. Jesus loves me, this I know. The love of Jesus. In Say and Seal. 1859. 2. 0 little child, lie still and sleep. A Mother's Evening Hymn. In Temple Choir. 1867. 3. One more day's work for Jesus. Evening. From Wayfaring Hymns. 1869. 4. The world looks very beautiful. A Child Pilgrim, circa 1860. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.] -- John Ju… Go to person page >


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)



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50 Uncommon Songs: for partakers of the common salvation #43TextImage
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #609
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