Scripture Verse

Sir, we would see Jesus.@John 12:21
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Robert E. W. Cottrill
(1941–2019)

Words: Ro­bert E. W. Cot­trill, cir­ca 1975.

Music: Fair Ha­vens Ro­bert E. W. Cot­trill, cir­ca 1975 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Cottrill wrote this hymn at the Fair Ha­vens Chris­tian camp near Bea­ver­ton, On­ta­rio, Ca­na­da. At the camp en­trance was a sign that said Sirs, we would see Je­sus. The oth­er side of the sign, vi­si­ble on de­par­ture, read, We be­held His glo­ry. The sign, based on John 12:21 and John 1:14, in­spired the lyr­ics for this hymn.

Here we would see Jesus, wearied with the journey,
We turn again to be renewed and know His touch of pow’r.
Yes, we would see Jesus thru the Scriptures shining;
Lord, lift the veil of earthly sense and meet us in this hour.

We beheld His glory, thus when homeward wending,
Our hearts will echo with the chorus of redeeming love.
We beheld His glory, and go forth to serve Him,
Till faith gives way to joyous sight in mansions up above.