It is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Thy works.@Psalm 73:28

Helen G. Pierce, in The Highway Hymnal, revised edition (Nevada, Iowa: Highway Office, 1886).

Fresno Daniel B. Towner, 1898, in Hymns of Faith and Praise (Chicago, Illinois: Lorenz Publishing, 1901), number 109 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Daniel B. Towner (1850–1919)

Draw me nearer, Jesus, nearer,
When my heart grows faint with fear;
Help me catch Thy faintest whisper,
Give me, Lord, a listening ear.


Nearer, nearer, draw me nearer,
Draw me nearer, Lord, to Thee.
Fill me with Thy Holy Spirit,
Draw me nearer, Lord, to Thee.

Ask! I hear Thee say, and asking,
Heaven’s richest gifts are thine.

Seek, Thou biddest me, and seeking,
Thou shalt never fail to find.


So I come, dear Savior, knocking,
Knocking at sweet mercy’s gate,
Why should I for its unlocking
Still in doubt and darkness wait?


Thou in whom all fullness dwelleth,
Wilt Thou now impart to me,
Something of Thy blessèd nature,
Draw me nearer, Lord, to Thee?