The Heavenly Vision - AKA Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

This hymn is about making Jesus the centre of life. 

It was composed and written by English-born American-immigrant evangelical singer and song-writer, Helen Howarth Lemmel (1863-1961).  It was inspired by a pamphlet called “Focused” which she was given in 1918, which contained the sentence “So then, turn your eyes upon Him, look full into His face and you will find that the things of earth will acquire a strange new dimness.”

The song was first written in 1922 - and this date means that the text is now public domain in the USA, but not necessarily in other countries.

With meter of with chorus, the tune has not been specifically named. As well as being used as a traditional hymn, it has been performed by a number of contemporary Christian musicians.


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Singer with piano, professional recording:

Close harmony a capella, with words on-screen:

Singer (and chorus?) with guitar-led contemporary band:

Trio - concert style performance:

Choir with organ and piano:

Congregation with small choir and piano - live recording in a church service:


O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s a light for a look at the Saviour,
And life more abundant and free!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
Over us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conquerors we are!

His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!

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