1. We saw thee not when thou didst come
To this poor world of sin and death,
Nor e'er beheld thy cottage home
In that despised Nazareth;
But we believe thy footsteps trod
Its streets and hills, thou Son of God.
2. We did not sec thee lifted high
Amid that wild and savage crew,
Nor hear thy meek, imploring cry
Forgive, they know not what they do;
Yet we believe the deed was done,
Which shook the earth and veiled the sun.
3. We stood not by the empty tomb
Where late thy sacred body lay,
Nor sat within that upper room,
Nor met thee in the open way;
But we believe that angels said,
Why seek the living with the dead?
4. We did not mark the chosen few,
“When thou didst through the clouds ascend,
First lift to heav'n their wondering view,
Then to the earth all prostrate bend;
But we believe thy faithful word,
And wait for thy return, O Lord.
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