Now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.@1 Corinthians 13:12

W. M. (no further identification given), in Revival Hymns, edited by James Thompson (Napanee, Ontario, Canada: Henry & Brothers, 1860).

Robert Lowry (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Robert Lowry (1826-1899)

When we hear the music ringing
In the bright celestial dome,
When sweet angel voices singing
Gladly bid us welcome home,
To the land of ancient story,
Where the spirit knows no care,
In that land of light and glory,
Shall we know each other there?

Refrain

Shall we know each other?
Shall we know each other?
Shall we know each other?
Shall we know each other there?

When the holy angels meet us,
As we go to join their band;
Shall we know the friends that greet us,
In the glorious spirit land?
Shall we see the same eyes shining,
On us, as in days of yore?
Shall we feel their dear arms twining
Fondly round us, as before?

Refrain

Yes, my earth-worn soul rejoices,
And my weary heart grows light,
For the thrilling angel voices,
And the angel faces bright:
That shall welcome us in Heaven,
Are the loved of long ago,
And to them ’tis kindly given,
Thus their mortal friends to know.

Refrain

Oh! ye weary sad, and tossed ones,
Droop not, faint not, by the way;
Ye shall join the loved and just ones
In the land of perfect day!
Harp-strings touched by angel fingers,
Murmured in my raptured ear,
Evermore their sweet song lingers,
We shall know each other there!

We shall know each other,
We shall know each other,
We shall know each other,
We shall know each other there.