When I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing Your likeness.@Psalm 17:15
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Fanny Crosby (1820–1915)

Fan­ny Cros­by, 1891.

John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John R. Sweney (1837–1899)

There ap­peared in Lon­don a man who styled him­self the mes­si­ah, and for ma­ny weeks a large crowd was at­tract­ed to him. One night, how­ev­er, as he was talk­ing in one of the open squares in the ci­ty, a small band of the Sal­va­tion Ar­my passed along, sing­ing,

I shall know Him, I shall know Him,
By the print of the nails in His hand.

The great throng joined in the cho­rus. Fi­nal­ly, some­one point­ed at the self-styled Christ and said, Look at his hands and see if the print of the nails is there. They did as di­rect­ed, but no print ap­peared, and they at once left off fol­low­ing him.

Crosby

When my life work is ended,
And I cross the swelling tide,
When the bright and glorious morning I shall see;
I shall know my Redeemer
When I reach the other side,
And His smile will be the first to welcome me.

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I shall know Him, I shall know Him,
And redeemed by His side I shall stand,
I shall know Him, I shall know Him,
By the print of the nails in His hand.

Oh, the soul thrilling rapture
When I view His blessèd face,
And the luster of His kindly beaming eye;
How my full heart will praise Him
For the mercy, love and grace,
That prepare for me a mansion in the sky.

Refrain

Oh, the dear ones in glory,
How they beckon me to come,
And our parting at the river I recall;
To the sweet vales of Eden
They will sing my welcome home;
But I long to meet my Savior first of all.

Refrain

Through the gates to the city
In a robe of spotless white,
He will lead me where no tears will ever fall;
In the glad song of ages
I shall mingle with delight;
But I long to meet my Savior first of all.

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