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An absent Lord I serve and love
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

An absent Lord I serve and love.

"But ye see me." (John 14,19)

1. An absent Lord I serve and love;
  his image I with joy survey;
he reigns a King; he reigns above;
  the hosts of heav'n confess his sway.

2. How blessed are they who see his face,
  and gaze upon his glory near!
Their nature pure, and heav'n their place;
  they feel no want, they know no fear.

3. A day, I hope, will come, when I,
  ev'n I, though now so base and vile,
shall see the Saviour's glory nigh,
  and prove that heav'n is in his smile:

4. till then I would his image trace,
  and copy what I deem so fair;
in heav'n I hope to see his face;
  his people will be like him there.

5. But still a doubt will oft arise,
  an anxious doubt, if one like me
shall ever gain so rich a prize,
  or ever with the Saviour be.

6. O thou, whose favour I prefer
  to life itself, thy Spirit send:
be mine the promised Comforter,
  be mine his presence to the end.

7. An earnest to my soul be given
  of joys unspeakable above;
an earnest of the joys of heav'n
  the joys of everlasting love.

Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 297.

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