We Saw Thee Not

      We Saw Thee Not (9/23/2011)

Words:  Anne Richter
Music:   Knowles Shaw

We saw Thee not when Thou didst come
To this poor world of sin and death;
Nor yet beheld Thy cottage home,
In that despised Nazareth;
But we believe Thy footsteps trod
Its streets and plains, Thou Son of God;
But we believe Thy footsteps trod
Its streets and plains, Thou Son of God.

We saw Thee not when lifted high,
Amid that wild and savage crew;
Nor heard we that imploring cry,
“Forgive, they know not what they do!”
But we believe the deed was done,
That shook the earth and veiled the sun;
But we believe the deed was done,
That shook the earth and veiled the sun.

We gazed not in the open tomb,
Where once Thy mangled body lay;
Nor saw Thee in that “upper room,”
Nor met Thee on the open way;
But we believe that angels said,
“Why seek the living with the dead?”
But we believe that angels said,
“Why seek the living with the dead?”

We walked not with the chosen few,
Who saw Thee from the earth ascend;
Who raised to heav’n their wond’ring view,
Then low to earth all prostrate bend;
But we believe that human eyes,
Beheld that journey to the skies;
But we believe that human eyes,
Beheld that journey to the skies.

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