My Savior First of All

1. When my lifework is ended and I cross the swelling tide,
When the bright and glorious morning I shall see; 
I shall know my Redeemer when I reach the other side, 
And His smile will be the first to welcome me.

I shall know Him, (I shall know Him,) I shall know Him, 
And redeemed by His side I shall stand; 
I shall know Him, (I shall know Him,) I shall know Him 
By the print of the nails in His hand.

2. Oh, the soul-thrilling rapture when I view His blessed face,
And the luster of His kindly beaming eye; 
How my full heart will praise Him for the mercy, love and grace,
That prepared for me a mansion in the sky.

I shall know Him, (I shall know Him,) I shall know Him, 
And redeemed by His side I shall stand; 
I shall know Him, (I shall know Him,) I shall know Him 
By the print of the nails in His hand.

3. Oh, the dear ones in glory how they beckon me to come,
And our parting at the river I recall; 
To the sweet vales of Eden they will sing my welcome home, 
But I long to meet my Savior first of all.

I shall know Him, (I shall know Him,) I shall know Him, 
And redeemed by His side I shall stand; 
I shall know Him, (I shall know Him,) I shall know Him 
By the print of the nails in His hand.

4. Thro’ the gates to the city in a robe of spotless white,
He will lead me where no tears will ever fall; 
In the glad song of ages I shall mingle with delight, 
But I long to meet my Savior first of all.

I shall know Him, (I shall know Him,) I shall know Him, 
And redeemed by His side I shall stand; 
I shall know Him, (I shall know Him,) I shall know Him 
By the print of the nails in His hand.