Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

Words: Carl Reed, in Song Prais­es, ed­it­ed by Charles H. Ga­bri­el (Car­bon­dale, Il­li­nois: Egyp­tian Pub­lish­ing, 1906), page 15.

Music: W. How­ard Doane (🔊 pdf nwc).

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W. Howard Doane
(1832–1915)

Lyrics

Close to Thee, my blessèd Savior,
Keep me walking, day by day;
Let me feel Thy presence with me,
Be my refuge all the way.

Refrain

Draw me nearer, still nearer to Thee;
Look in tender compassion on me;
Turn me not away! Hear me while I pray;
Nearer, nearer, Lord, to Thee.

I am helpless—lost without Thee,
Leave, oh, leave me not alone;
Underneath Thy wings of mercy
Hide, and keep me all Thine own.

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Thou hast died for me, Lord Jesus,
How can I such love forget?
Not on earth or in Thy presence
Can I ever pay the debt.

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Every day I grieve Thy Spirit,
Wound the heart that broke for me,
Yet in Thy great love and mercy
Cast me not away from Thee.

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Help me live as Thou wouldst have me;
Cleanse me, Lord, and keep me pure;
Give me grace and strength that safely
To the end I may endure.

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