Author of the Lyrics
The author of the reverent
words of the "I See You" lyrics,
Horatius Bonar (December 19, 1808-July 31, 1889),
was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and
achieved fame as a Hymnist, poet, Sunday school teacher and churchman.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: I See You
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist):
Horatius Bonar (December 19, 1808
to July 31, 1889)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music:
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "1 Here, O our Lord, I see you face to face. Here would we touch and handle things unseen"
First Publication Date:
I See You Lyrics
1 Here, O our Lord, I see you face to face.
Here would we touch and handle things unseen,
here grasp with firmer hand eternal grace,
and all our weariness upon you lean.
2 Here would we feed upon the bread of God,
here drink with you the royal cup of heaven;
here would we lay aside each earthly load,
and taste afresh the calm of sin forgiven.
3 This is the hour of banquet and of song;
this is the heavenly table for us spread.
Here let us feast and, feasting, still prolong
the fellowship of living wine and bread.
4 Too soon we rise; the symbols disappear.
The feast, though not the love, is past and gone;
the bread and wine remove, but you are here,
nearer than ever, still our shield and sun.
5 Feast after feast thus comes and passes by,
yet, passing, points to that glad feast above,
giving sweet foretaste of the festal joy,
the Lamb's great bridal feast of bliss and love.