Words and Music: Helen Lemmel, 1922
The refrain of this hymn appears without the verses in The United Methodist Hymnal, no. 349. It is provided here with all three verses and refrain. William J. Reynolds has traced the origin of the hymn: "The text was inspired by a sentence in a missionary pamphlet by Lillias Trotter, '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.'" (quoted by Carlton Young in The Companion to The United Methodist Hymnal, Abingdon Press, 1993, p.670).
Helen Lemmel (1863-1961) was born in England and came to the USA at nine years of age. She organized a women's quartet that sang the Chautauqua circuit. She moved to Seattle in 1904 and gave vocal concerts and led services for children. She is the composer of over 400 hymns. (Source: Carlton Young, The Companion to The United Methodist Hymnal, Abingdon Press, 1993)