Words: J. H. Gurney, 1802-1862
Andreas Bersagel, et al, eds., The Concordia Hymnal
(Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1932)
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 foot steps trod
Its streets and plains, Thou Son of God.
2. We saw Thee not when lifted high
A mid that wild and savage crew;
Nor heard we that imploring cry,
"Forgive, know not what they do!"
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?"
4. We walked not with the chosen few
Who saw Thee from the earth ascend;
Who raised to heav’n their wond’ing view,
Then low to earth all prostrate bend;
But we believe that human eyes
Beheld that journey to the skies.
Sheet Music from Andreas Bersagel, et al, eds., The Concordia Hymnal (Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1932), #162
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