The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Jesus, These Eyes Have Never Seen

Words: Ray Palmer, 1858

Music: Nun Danket All,
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer

Meter: CM

1. Jesus, these eyes have never seen
    That radiant form of Thine;
The veil of sense hangs dark between
    Thy blessèd face and mine.

2. I see Thee not, I hear Thee not,
    Yet art Thou oft with me;
And earth hath ne'er so dear a spot
    As where I meet with Thee.

3. Like some bright dream that comes unsought,
    When slumbers o'er me roll,
Thine image ever fills my thought,
    And charms my ravished soul.

4. Yet, though I have not seen, and still
    Must rest in faith alone;
I love Thee, dearest Lord, and will,
    Unseen, but not unknown.

5. When death these mortal eyes shall seal,
    And still this throbbing heart,
The rending veil shall Thee reveal
    All glorious as Thou art.

Sheet Music "Sawley" by James Walch, 1800, from Henry Sloane Coffin and Ambrose White Vernon, eds., Hymns of the Kingdom of God. New York: The A. S. Barnes Company, 1910, #100.

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