And Not Another

“For I know that my Redeemer liveth . . . whom I shall see for Myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another” (Job 19:25, 27).
And not another: endless Lover mine!
Who when a captive I to sin was sold
Compassioned me, and paid the fine—
Nor lands, nor silver, purest pearls, nor gold—
The ransom of my soul, Saviour divine!
Was Thy heart’s blood: I shall Thy face behold,
And not another
And not another: Thou who once didst draw
Thy sword on my behalf, when lost I lay
In dark transgression, curse of broken law,
Under the pitiless oppressor’s sway,
The stings of conscience, death’s terrific maw—
Thee shall I contemplate in cloudless day,
And not another.
And not another: no, Thyself alone!
The First! The Last! The Ransom of my soul!
Eternal God, yet Man! Known, yet unknown!
Loud let Thy praises like the thunders roll
Throughout the heavens, the earth, from pole to pole,
For Thou shalt have the kingdom and the throne,
And not another.
And not another: tho’ the worms destroy
This body frail, yet, Saviour, when Thy feet
Shall stand on Olivet, to the great joy
Of Thy companions, for that day made meet,
My bliss shall be for ever to employ
My powers to honour Thee with praises sweet.
And not another.
And not another: for Thy voice of might
Shall have, ere that day dawns, Thy ransomed dead
Brought in a glorious host to heaven’s height
From hades, from the waste from ocean’s bed,
Clothed with a panoply of heavenly light,
To dwell with Thee, their glorious living Head,
And not another.
And not another: faithful Friend, and true!
Chiefest among the many sons of light!
Centre and Head of the Creation new!
The everlasting Father’s sole delight!
Son of the Morning! whom we long to view,
Who vigil keep throughout the weary night,
And not another.
And not another: neither friend nor foe,
Nor father, mother, brother, sister, son!
Nothing to rival Thee on earth below!
In heaven above beside Thee there is none!
Let all the glory of the creature go,
That on my vision may remain but
ONE, AND NOT ANOTHER.