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We Want to See the Temple

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 08, 2012

Almost three years ago we discussed a temple hymn by George Manwaring, with these words:

A Temple Hymn

We want to see the temple
With towers rising high,
Its spires majestic pointing
Unto the clear blue sky;
A house where Saints may gather,
And richest blessings gain,
Where Jesus, our Redeemer,
A dwelling may obtain.

We want to meet the Savior,
And see Him face to face,
When He shall come in glory
Unto that holy place;
If we are true and faithful
We’ll hear our Savior’s voice,
Receive a Father’s blessing,
And in His love rejoice.

It’s taken a while, but I’ve finally found the melody for this hymn as sung by our great-grandparents, in the 1908 hymnal Songs of Zion, where the first line is used as the hymn’s title:





  1. interesting. The hymn also seems to match up well with the melody of “I love to see the Temple”.

    Comment by Jay S — November 8, 2012 @ 11:25 am

  2. Sounds like it would be a good time to get a choir together and record the original version. :-)

    Comment by Julia — November 8, 2012 @ 11:30 am

  3. High notes for those sopranos! (Don’t sing this one in PH opening exercises…)

    Comment by Paul — November 8, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

  4. I know George Manwaring’s family lives close to Rexburg. And he has a building named after him there. So, this makes me think of the Rexburg temple and him wishing for it.

    Comment by Carol — November 8, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

  5. Thanks. It was fun to go back and read the other post (and comments) and nice to now see the original tune.

    Comment by David Y. — November 8, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

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