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

L. R. Clark, in The Brilliant, by William T Giffe (Indianapolis, Indiana: H. L. Benham & H. S. Stedman, 1874).

John H. Stockton (🔊 pdf nwc).

Closer, still closer, my Savior, to Thee,
Closer to Jesus now fain would I be;
Round me His arm, on His bosom my head;
Near the dear side which on Calvary bled.

Refrain

Closer to Thee, still closer to Thee,
Dear Savior, I want to be closer to Thee.

Closer by day, tho’ my sky be all bright;
Closer, still closer when falleth the night;
Earth hath no brightness away from His face;
Time has no moment I need not His grace.

Refrain

When to the Jordan of death I descend,
Danger I’ll fear not if Christ be my friend;
Breasting the billows, my death song shall be,
Closer, still closer, my Savior to Thee.

Refrain

Closer to Jesus, I’m nearer to God;
Nearer the home of the Christian’s abode;
Nearer the great and the glorious Three,
Nearer to Heaven when closer to Thee.

Refrain