Scripture Verse

Who is he who will devote himself to be close to Me? Jeremiah 30:21


Merton Smith

Words: Mer­ton Smith, in Gos­pel Hymns No. 6, by Ira D. San­key, James Mc­Gra­na­han & George C. Steb­bins (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois & New York: Big­low & Main and John Church, 1891), num­ber 62. Ar­ranged by Dan­i­el W. Whit­tle.

Music: Ju­ba James Mc­Gra­na­han, 1891 (🔊 pdf nwc).

James McGranahan


Blessèd Savior, ever nearer
I am drawing to Thy feet;
Thou hast borne my every sorrow,
I am made in Thee complete;
For Thy love my soul is yearning,
More and more its power impart;
I have heard Thy tender pleading,
Come and dwell within my heart.

Blessèd Savior, I would never,
Never more Thy love reject;
At Thy feet I learn the lesson
How Thine image to reflect;
There I go when all forsake me,
When by foes I am oppressed;
Then I hear Thy loved voice saying,
Come to Me, I’ll give you rest.

Blessèd Savior, draw me nearer,
Ever nearer to Thy heart,
When I’m weary, heavy laden,
And I feel the tempter’s dart;
Oft I stumble, oft I falter,
Oft I’m tossed on angry seas;
But I know that Thou wilt guide me,
Through the storm, to endless peace.

Blessèd Savior, let me linger
Ever near Thy precious feet,
Till I hear that welcome summons,
Come, thy loved ones now to greet;
Oh, the joy that there awaits me,
While I hope and watch and pray!
For the morning light is dawning,
Of the fair and endless day.