I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.@John 12:32

Mar­tha A. Cook, in The Gos­pel Hymn Book, by Dan­i­el B. Tow­ner (Day­ton, Ohio: Lo­renz Pub­lish­ing, 1903), num­ber 194.

Ed­mund S. Lo­renz (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Edmund S. Lorenz (1854–1942)

Lord, weak and impotent I stand,
As fettered by an unseen hand;
Break Thou the strong and subtle band,
And draw me close to Thee.

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Draw me close to Thee, Savior,
Draw me close to Thee;
Beneath Thy wing do Thou me hide,
And draw me close to Thee.

In vain I struggle to be free;
I would, but can not, fly to Thee;
Ope Thou the prison door for me,
And draw me close to Thee.

Refrain

Oh, bring me nearer, nearer still,
That Thine own peace my soul may fill,
And I may rest in Thy sweet will;
Lord, draw me close to Thee.

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Here, Lord, I would forever bide,
And never wander from Thy side;
Beneath Thy wing do Thou me hide,
And draw me close to Thee.

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