We saw Thee not when Thou didst come

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    Verse 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 despis├Ęd Nazareth;
    But we believe Thy footsteps trod
    Its streets and plains, Thou Son of God.

    Verse 2
    We did not see Thee lifted high,
    Amid that wild and savage crew;
    Nor heard 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.

    Verse 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?

    Verse 4
    We did not mark the chosen few,
    When Thou didst through the clouds ascend,
    First lift to heaven their wondering view,
    Then to the earth all prostrate bend;
    Yet we believe that mortal eyes
    Beheld that journey to the skies.