Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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

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

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Pierce (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Daniel B. Towner
(1850–1919)

Lyrics

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

Refrain

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.

Refrain

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

Refrain

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

Refrain