Christ My Song - 361
An absent Lord I serve and love
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
An absent Lord I serve and love.
"But ye see me." (John 14,19)
2. How blessed are they who see his face,
and gaze upon his glory near!
Their nature pure, and heav'n their place;
they feel no want, they know no fear.
3. A day, I hope, will come, when I,
ev'n I, though now so base and vile,
shall see the Saviour's glory nigh,
and prove that heav'n is in his smile:
4. till then I would his image trace,
and copy what I deem so fair;
in heav'n I hope to see his face;
his people will be like him there.
5. But still a doubt will oft arise,
an anxious doubt, if one like me
shall ever gain so rich a prize,
or ever with the Saviour be.
6. O thou, whose favour I prefer
to life itself, thy Spirit send:
be mine the promised Comforter,
be mine his presence to the end.
7. An earnest to my soul be given
of joys unspeakable above;
an earnest of the joys of heav'n
the joys of everlasting love.
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 297.