Then we shall be what we should be…

Here are the lyrics to the old hymn Praise the Savior, Ye Who Know Him, by Thomas Kelly, 1806. Bouncy melody, quirky rhymes, a last verse no one can sleep through, exhortation and petition with joyful praise—a good encouragement in battle!

Praise the Savior, ye who know Him!
Who can tell how much we owe Him?
Gladly let us render to Him
All we are and have.

Jesus is the Name that charms us,
He for conflict fits and arms us;
Nothing moves and nothing harms us
While we trust in Him.

Trust in Him, ye saints, forever,
He is faithful, changing never;
Neither force nor guile can sever
Those He loves from Him.

Keep us, Lord, O keep us cleaving
To Thyself, and still believing,
Till the hour of our receiving
Promised joys with Thee.

And the glorious last verse:

Then we shall be where we would be,
Then we shall be what we should be,
Things that are not now, nor could be,
Soon shall be our own.

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