Scripture Verse

Now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face. 1 Corinthians 13:12

Introduction

Words: At­trib­ut­ed to the Fran­cis­can Pe­ter Go­nel­la of Tor­to­na (Heu! Heu! ma­la mun­di vi­ta). It was first pub­lished at length by E. Le­vis in his An­ec­do­ta Sac­ra (Tur­in, It­a­ly: 1789). Eliz­a­beth R. Charles trans­lat­ed a cen­to in that work (Di­es il­la, di­es vi­tae) from La­tin to Eng­lish in her Voice of Chris­tian Life in Song, 1858.

Music: Charles (Par­ker) James Park­er, in the Hym­nal of the Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal Church with Tunes (New York: Ea­ton & Mains, 1878), num­ber 1026 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Le­vis’ full name, or where to get a good pic­ture of him, Par­ker, Go­nel­la, or Charles (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Lo, the day, the day of life!
Day of unimagined light,
Day when death itself shall die,
And there shall be no more night!

See the King desired for ages,
By the just expected long,
Long implored, at length He hasteth,
Cometh with salvation strong.

O how past all utterance happy,
Sweet and joyful it will be,
When they who, unseen, have loved Him,
Jesus face to face shall see.

Blessèd then, earth’s patient mourners,
Who for Christ have toiled and died,
Driven by the world’s rough pressure
In those mansions to abide!

What will be the bliss and rapture
None can dream, and none can tell,
There to reign among the angels,
In that heavenly home to dwell.