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Words by Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915)Tune: SAVIOR FIRST by John R. Sweney (1837-1899)Key signature: A flat major (4 flats)Time signature: 4/4Meter: IrregularPublic Domain1. When my life work 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.Refrain: I shall know Him, I shall know Him, And redeemed by His side I shall stand. 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 prepare for me a mansion in the sky.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.4. Thru 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.