Scripture Verse

I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness. Psalm 17:15

Introduction

Words: George C. Wells, in The Young Peo­ple’s Cho­ris­ter‎ (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: C. W. Dun­bar, 1860) num­ber 196.

Music: Mat­thew L. Mc­Phail, in Tri­um­phant Songs No. 4, ed­it­ed by Ed­win O. Ex­cell (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: E. O. Ex­cell, 1894), num­ber 72 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Wells (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

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Matthew L. McPhail
1854–1931

Lyrics

If I in Thy likeness, oh Lord, may awake,
And shine a pure image of Thee,
Then I shall be satisfied when I can break
The fetters of flesh and be free.

Refrain

I shall be satisfied; I shall be satisfied,
I shall be satisfied,
When I awake in Thy likeness.

I know this stained tablet must first be washed white,
To let Thy bright features be drawn;
I know I must suffer the darkness of night,
To welcome the coming of dawn.

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But I shall be satisfied when I can cast
The shadows of nature all by,
When this cold, dreary world from my vision has passed,
To let the soul open her eye.

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I gladly shall feel the blest morn drawing near,
When time’s dreamy fancy shall fade,
If then in Thy likeness I may but appear,
And rise in Thy beauty arrayed.

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To see Thee in glory, oh Lord, as Thou art,
From this mortal, perishing clay,
The spirit immortal in peace would depart,
And joyous mount up her bright way.

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When on Thine image, in me Thou hast smiled,
Within Thy blest mansions, and when
The arms of my Father encircle His child,
Oh, I shall be satisfied then.

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