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We saw Thee not

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Audio 1.

We saw Thee not when Thou didst come
To this poor world of sin and death,
Nor e’er beheld Thy cottage home
In that despisèd Nazareth;
But we believe Thy footsteps trod
Its streets and plains, Thou Son of God.

We saw Thee not upon the wave,
When Thou the stormy sea did bind,
Nor marked the health Thy blessing gave
To lame and sick, to deaf and blind;
But we believe the Fount of light
Could give the darkened vision sight.

We were not with the faithful few
Who stood Thy bitter cross around,
Nor heard Thy prayer for them that slew,
Nor felt the earthquake rock the ground;
We saw no spear-wound pierce Thy side,
But we believe that Thou hast died.

We stood not by the empty tomb
Where late Thy sacred body lay,
Nor sat within that upper room,
Nor met Thee in the open way;
But we believe that angels said,
‘Why seek the living with the dead?’

We did not mark the chosen few,
When Thou didst through the clouds ascend,
First lift to heaven their wondering view,
Then to the earth all prostrate bend;
Yet we believe that mortal eyes
Beheld Thee rising to the skies.


And now that Thou dost reign on high,
Watching our lives to save and bless,
Though to the finite, human eye,
No radiant view doth sense impress,
Yet we believe that Thou art there,
And seek Thee, Lord, in praise and prayer.






Audio 2.

1 We saw thee not when thou didst come
To this poor world of sin and death;
Nor yet beheld thy cottage home,
In that despised Nazareth;
But we believe thy footsteps trod
Its streets and plains, thou Son of God;
But we believe thy footsteps trod
Its streets and plains, thou Son of God.

2 We saw thee not when lifted high
Amid that wild and savage crew;
Nor heard we that imploring cry,
"Forgive, they know not what they do!"
But we believe the deed was done,
That shook the earth and veiled the sun;
But we believe the deed was done,
That shook the earth and veiled the sun.

3 We gazed not in the open tomb
Where once thy mangled body lay;
Nor saw thee in that "upper room,"
Nor met thee on the open way;
But we believe that angels said,
"Why seek the living with the dead?"
But we believe that angels said,
"Why seek the living with the dead?"

4 We walked not with the chosen few
Who saw thee from the earth ascend;
Who raised to heaven their wondering view,
Then low to earth all prostrate bend;
But we believe that human eyes
Beheld that journey to the skies;
But we believe that human eyes
Beheld that journey to the skies.


Anne Richter's Original Poem


1
We have not seen Thy footsteps tread,
This wild and sinful earth of ours,
Nor heard Thy voice restore the dead,
Again to life’s reviving powers:-
But we believe, - for all things are,
The gifts of Thine Almighty care!
2
We have not seen the billowy sea,
Grow calm and still at Thy command,
Nor the dim orbs again to see,
Beneath the healing of Thine hand:-
But we believe the Fount of light,
Again could give those eye-balls sight!
3
We did not see Thee tread the wave -
We did not hear that voice from heaven,
Which once an awful warning gave,
That God’s own Son for man was given:-
But we believe. - Oh! strengthen Thou
The faith, which to Thy name we owe!
4
We did not see the armèd throng,
Steal to the garden’s midnight shade,
And watch the palm-trees’ boughs among,
Then quail, beneath Thy glance afraid:-
But we believe, - Almighty love
Alone, could such dread moments prove!
5
We did not see the darkness veil
In shuddering gloom the noonday skies,
Nor the fierce soldier’s cheek grow pale,
And priestly mockers veil their eyes,
When the proud Roman own’d the power
Of heaven, was in that awful hour!
6
We did not hear the footsteps fall,
Within that lonely garden ground,
Of the all-wakeful sentinel,
Slow tracing there his midnight round:-
But we believe, the Holy One
Bursting that tomb in glory shone!
7
We were not with the chosen few,
Who saw Thee through the thick clouds ascend,
Who “gazed and wished to follow too,”
Then on the earth all prostrate bend:-
But we believe, - that mortal eyes
Beheld that journey to the skies!
8
Chase every shade of doubt away -
“Light of the world,” in mercy shine,
Illumine with faith our erring way -
We would no worship own, but Thine:-
Bring us unto heaven’s peaceful shore,
And make us Thine for evermore!


 
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