Scripture Verse

This same Jesus, who is taken up from you into Heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen Him go into Heaven. Acts 1:11

Introduction

Words: Fran­ces R. Ha­ver­gal (1836–1879). Ap­peared in The Min­is­try of Song, third ed­i­tion (Lon­don: James Nis­bet, 1872), pag­es 134–36. Refrain from Car­mi­na Cen­tum, ed­it­ed by Sam­u­el Mor­ris­on (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: J. M. Rus­sell, 1882), num­ber 6.

Music: Fro­si­none, anon­y­mous, 1882 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Frances R. Havergal
1836–1879

Lyrics

This same Jesus! Oh! how sweetly
Fall those words upon the ear,
Like a swell of far off music,
In a night watch still and drear.

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This same Jesus! this same Jesus!
Bless the Master’s changeless name;
Yesterday, today, forever,
Jesus Christ is still the same.

He who healed the hopeless leper,
He who dried the widow’s tear;
He who changed to health and gladness,
Helpless suffering, trembling fear;

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He who wandered, poor and homeless,
By the stormy Galilee;
He who on the night-robed mountain
Bent in prayer the wearied knee;

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He who spoke as none had spoken,
Angel wisdom far above,
All-forgiving, ne’er upbraiding,
Full of tenderness and love.

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He who gently called the weary
Come, and I will give you rest!
He who loved the little children,
Took them in His arms and blest;

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He, the lonely Man of Sorrows,
’Neath our sin-curse bending low;
By His faithless friends forsaken
In the darkest hours of woe;

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This same Jesus! When the vision
Of that last and awful day
Bursts upon the prostrate spirit,
Like a midnight lightning ray.

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When, else dimly apprehended,
All its terrors seem revealed,
Trumpet-knell and fiery heavens,
And the books of doom unsealed;

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Then, we lift our hearts adoring
This same Jesus, loved and known,
Him, our own most gracious Savior,
Seated on the great white throne;

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He Himself, and not another,
He for whom your heart-love yearned,
Through long years of twilight waiting,
To His ransomed ones returned!

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For this word, O Lord, we bless Thee,
Bless our Master’s changeless name;
Yesterday, today, for ever,
Jesus Christ is still the same.

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