Scripture Verse

It is good for me to draw near to God. Psalm 73:28


Robert Lowry (1826–1899)

Words: Ell­en M. Hast­ings, in Bright­est and Best, ed­it­ed by Ro­bert Low­ry & W. How­ard Doane (New York & Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Big­low & Main, 1875), num­ber 112.

Music: Pa­ci­fi­ca Ro­bert Low­ry (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Hast­ings (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Ever near my Sav­ior’s side
Would I lin­ger night and day;
He alone shall be my guide
Thro’ life’s rough and thor­ny way.


Ever near, ev­er near,
Dearest Sav­ior, ev­er near,
Thou art now the Liv­ing Way,
Near Thee ev­er let me stay.

Tho’ the night be dark and drear,
And no ray of light I see,
I’ll press on if He is near
To up­hold and com­fort me.


When the cheer­ful light of day
Raises hope and makes me strong,
Still I would be­side Him stay,
Lift to Him my thank­ful song.


Shades of death I will not fear,
Jesus lights the dark­est way;
And I know He will be near
Till I reach the per­fect day.