By Jesse P. Karlsberg

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A Glimpse of Thee. L.M.

A G major fuging tune in 4/4 time. Composed 2009.

Text from Isaac Watts, 1707.

Listen to recordings:

  • Hadley Composium, 2009

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I wrote "A Glimpse of Thee" as a setting for Watts' hymn "Lord, what a heaven of saving grace..." while in Troy in August, 2009.

The song was sung in 2009 at the Composium at John and Greta's barn in Hadley, Massachusetts and in 2010 at the National Convention's New Traditions Singing.

A version of "A Glimpse of Thee" featuring a set of words written by Alfred A. Woodhull in 1828 was included in The Sacred Harp (Revised Cooper Edition, 2012) under the name "National Blessing."


Lord, what a heav'n of saving grace
Shines through the beauties of thy face,
And lights our passions to a flame!
Lord, how we love thy charming name!

Send comforts down from thy right hand,
While we pass through this barren land,
And in thy temple let us see
A glimpse of love, a glimpse of thee.

When I can say, "My God is mine,"
When I can feel thy glories shine,
I tread the world beneath my feet,
And all that earth calls good or great.


Well, we shall quickly pass the night
To the fair coasts of perfect light;
Then shall our joyful senses rove
O'er the dear object of our love.