*1 We were not there to see you come
to this poor world of sin and death,
nor did we see your humble home,
your childhood spent in Nazareth:
but we believe your footsteps trod
its streets and paths, O Son of God.

1A We were not there to see you come
to this poor world of sin and death,
nor did we see your humble home,
your hidden life in Nazareth;
but we believe your footsteps trod
its streets and plains, O Son of God.

2 We did not see you lifted high
or feel the taunts they flung at you,
nor were we there to hear your 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 did not stand beside the tomb
upon that resurrection day,
nor met you in the upper room,
nor walked with you along the way:
but we believe the angel said,
'Why seek the living with the dead?'

*4 We were not with the chosen few
who saw you vanish from their sight,
nor could we fall and worship you,
the risen, ascended, Lord of might:
yet we believe that mortal eyes
from that far mountain saw you rise.

4A We did not stand beside the tomb
upon that resurrection day,
nor meet you in the upper room,
nor walk with you along the way:
but we believe the angel said,
'Why seek the living with the dead?'

*5 And now you reign enthroned on high
and bless your waiting people here;
we still may look up to the sky
yet cannot see your glory there:
but we believe your faithful word
O come to us, exalted Lord!

Jubilate Hymns Version of We have not seen thy footsteps tread , Ann Richter (1792 - 1857) and John H. Gurney (1802 - 1862)
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