We would see Jesus
We would see Jesus. John Edgar Park* (1879-1956).
Beginning ‘We would see Jesus, lo! his star is shining’, this hymn was published in Worship and Song (1913) with a tune by Herbert B. Turner called CUSHMAN. The first line is sometimes said to be taken from the hymn by Anna Bartlett Warner*, ‘We would see Jesus, for the shadows lengthen’, but both hymns originate with John 12: 20-21. The first stanza suggests that it will be a Christmas or Epiphany hymn:
We would see Jesus, lo! his star is shiningAbove the stable, while the angels sing;There in a manger on the hay reclining,Haste, let us lay our gifts before the King.
However, the following stanzas make the hymn suitable for all seasons:
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