Scripture Verse

Come near to God, and He will come near to you. James 4:8

Introduction

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Thomas H. Kingo
(1634–1703)

Words: Tho­mas H. Kin­go, 1699 (Sø­de Je­sus, kom at røre). Trans­lat­ed from Da­nish to Eng­lish by Carl K. Sol­berg, 1908, alt.

Music: Wer­de Mun­ter Jo­hann Schop, 1642 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Johan Schop
(1590–1664)

Lyrics

Dearest Jesus, draw Thou near me,
Let Thy Spirit dwell with mine;
Open now my ear to hear Thee,
Take my heart and seal it Thine;
Keep me, lead me on my way,
Thee to follow and obey,
E’er to do Thy will and fear Thee,
And rejoice to know and hear Thee.

Underneath Thy wings abiding,
In Thy Church, O Savior dear,
Let me dwell, in Thee confiding,
Hold me in Thy faith and fear;
Take away from me each thought
That with wickedness is fraught,
Tempting me to disobey Thee,
Root it out, O Lord, I pray Thee.

Thou, earth’s greatest joy and gladness,
And salvation, full and free,
Let Thy presence cheer my sadness,
And prepare my soul for Thee!
In the hour when I depart,
Touch my spirit, lips and heart,
With Thy Word assure, uphold me
Till the heav’nly gates enfold me.