Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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

Music: John H. Stock­ton (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Clark’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him or Stock­ton (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

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