Here, O my Lord, I see Thee face to face

Here, O my Lord, I see Thee face to face;
Here faith can touch and handle things unseen;
Here would I grasp with firmer hand Thy grace,
And all my weariness upon Thee lean.
Here would I feed upon the Bread of God;
Here drink with Thee the royal wine of heav’n;
Here would I lay aside each earthly load;
Here taste afresh the calm of sin forgiv’n.
I have no help but Thine; nor do I need
Another arm save Thine to lean upon;
It is enough, my Lord, enough indeed;
My strength is in Thy might, Thy might alone.
This is the hour of banquet and of song;
This is the heav’nly table spread for me;
Here let me feast, and, feasting, still prolong
The brief bright hour of fellowship with Thee.
Too soon we rise; the symbols disappear;
The feast, though not the love, is past and gone;
The bread and wine remove, but Thou art here,
Nearer than ever still our Shield and Sun.
Feast after feast thus comes and passes by,
Yet passing, points to the glad feast above,
Giving sweet foretastes of the festal joy,
The Lamb’s great bridal-feast of bliss and love.
Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

The Lord's Supper has always been a special time for Christians. It is a time of soul-searching, but also joy. We remember Christ's death, but also His resurrection. Christ is the host of this meal; we have fellowship with Him as we eat and drink.

Different denominations have adopted different practices concerning the Lord's Supper. And in every tradition, it is possible for the sacrament to lose its meaning. For Horatius Bonar, a maverick Scottish Presbyterian, the important thing was that it would be a personal encounter with Christ. You can sense the rich interaction in these lines, the flux of emotions, and the warm devotion to the Lord, his "shield and sun." - Great Songs of Faith by Brown and Norton


Hong Kong, China

Here oh Lord I see Thee face to face.... How close this composer is to God. So simple yet the presence of God seem so tangible. Glory to Thee oh God.

Terry Phillips

Moulton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom

There are four more verses included in The Book of Praise (Macmillan & Co, 1871):

I have no wisdom save in Him who is

My Wisdom and my Teacher both in one;

No wisdom do I lack while Thou art wise,

No teaching do I crave save Thine alone.

Mine is the sin, but Thine the righteousness;

Mine is the guilt but Thine the cleansing blood;

Here is my robe, my refuge and my peace,

Thy blood, Thy righteousness, O Lord my God!

I know that deadly evils compass me,

Dark perils threaten, yet I would not fear,

Nor poorly shrink, nor feebly turn to flee;

Thou , O my Christ, art buckler, sword and


But see the Pillar-Cloud is rising now,

And moving onward through the desert night;

It beckons, and I follow; for I know

It leads me to the heritage of light.

Daniel Bradley

Worcester, MA, United States

"Feast after feast thus comes and passes by,

Yet passing, points to the glad feast above,

Giving sweet foretastes of the festal joy,

The Lamb's great bridal-feast of bliss and love."

I believe Horatius Bonar has seen something in his age concerning that which is clearer now more than ever; that the Lord's table is the second stage of the three-stage feast of God and His people. The first stage began with the Passover, the second with the institution of the Lord's supper, and the third and final stage of the eternal feast beginning in the Millenium and continuing through all eternity in the new heaven and new earth. What a glorious feast we are in today that never will end!

"The feast of the Passover was not completely fulfilled in the Old Testament. The Lord’s table, which also is a feast, replaces and continues the feast of the Passover. But not even this New Testament feast has been completely fulfilled; it will be fulfilled completely in the coming kingdom." Taken from The Life study of Luke Msg. 49. Witness Lee.