Thursday, June 2, 2011

A Hymn on 1 Peter 1:8

"Whom having not seen ye love." 1 Pet. i. 8.

WE have not seen the Saviour yet:

Nor shall we until life shall end;

But yet we love him for his grace:

We love an unseen absent friend.

The glorious work he wrought, endears

The Saviour to his people's hearts:

In hope they wait till he appears;

And hope a present joy imparts.

They hope to see their Lord that day,

Descend with all the hosts of heav'n;

The Lord, who bore their sins away:

The Lord, through whom they stand forgiv'n.

They hope, that what they now believe,

They then with joyful eyes shall see:

No more to doubt, no more to grieve;

But with their Lord himself to be.

'Till that bright day we'll think of him;

And may our love with fervour glow:

An unseen Lord be all our theme,

'Till with him hence to Heav'n we go.

Thomas Kelly (1769-1855)