Who is he who will devote himself to be close to Me?@Jeremiah 30:21
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Fanny Crosby (1820-1915)

Fanny Crosby, in Songs of Joy and Gladness, edited by William McDonald, Joshua Gill, John R. Sweney & William J. Kirkpatrick (Boston, Massachusetts: McDonald & Gill, 1885), number 30. This hymnal shows the lyricist as Martha J. Lankton, one of Fanny’s many pseudonyms. See also Just a Closer Walk with Thee.

William J. Kirkpatrick (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William J. Kirkpatrick (1838-1921)

I am happy, O my Savior,
For I know that I am Thine,
Thro’ the pure and perfect cleansing
Of Thy precious blood divine:
But my soul would rise still higher,
There are greater joys for me;
I am longing, I am praying
For a closer walk with Thee.
For a closer walk with Thee,
For a closer walk with Thee,

Refrain

Savior come, abide with me,
I am longing, I am praying,
For a closer walk with Thee.

’Tis Thy hand, the clouds removing,
Scatters sunshine o’er my way;
I am feasting at the banquet
Of Thy mercy every day;
But my soul would drink more deeply
At the Fount of Life so free:
O my Savior, I am pleading
For a closer walk with Thee.
For a closer walk with Thee,
For a closer walk with Thee,

Refrain

To the heights of sacred rapture,
That I never yet have known,
Let me soar away in triumph,
Till my faith shall touch Thy throne;
In the wide unfathomed ocean
Of Thy mighty love so free,
Let the tidal wave roll o’er me,
Till my soul is lost in Thee.
Till my soul is lost in Thee,
Till my soul is lost in Thee;

Refrain