Christ My Song - 1330
What love, what pleasure, what surprise
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
What love, what pleasure, what surprise.
"We shall see him as he is." (1 John 3,2)
2. Their love is kindled here below,
the author of their hope they love;
a purer, brighter flame will glow
in yonder glorious world above.
3. Of pleasure too they taste below,
but pleasure not unmixed with pain;
in yonder world 'twill not be so,
for there no sorrow will remain.
4. And if obscure and transient views
of heav'nly things yield such surprise,
what wonder must the sight produce
when God appears before their eyes!
5. O joyful sight! O glorious day!
when God the Saviour shall be seen,
when earthly things shall pass away.
and heav'n's unchanging state begin!
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 107.