I Know That I Shall See Thy Face

29 01 2008

Shortly before his death, late into his many sleepless nights, Clyde Cranford wrote a collection of poems. As he planned each part of his own funeral (yes, that’s right), he assigned me to read the one that follows.


(II Corinthians 4:18)

Eternity calleth me of late.

What wonders lie beyond the gate

Of temporal thing?

Each season brings a sigh;

Life’s days are passing swiftly by

With whisps of radiance unseen

And joy beyond imagining.

Unseen by eyes, but known by faith;

Yet eyes do long to see Thy face

And hands to touch Thy wounded side,

Fair Savior who for sinners died,

But lives again.

I know that I shall see Thee then,

My Lord, some day, some happy day,

In Spring or Summer fair,

Or when the Autumn’s golden hair

Begins to fall to Winter bare.

Sweet Lord who keeps me to the end,

Even I shall see Thee then.

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” II Corinthians 4:18




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