Scripture Verse

Who is he who will devote himself to be close to Me? Jeremiah 30:21


Words: Ra­chel El­li­ot, in On Joy­ful Wing, ed­it­ed by John Swe­ney & Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1886), num­ber 30.

Music: John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

John R. Sweney


We are praying, blessèd Savior,
For a closer walk with Thee;
We are praying that Thy Spirit
In our hearts may ever be.


From this hour, O gracious Lord,
May each waking heart before Thee
With a perfect love adore Thee,
Consecrated through Thy Word.

We are praying, blessèd Savior,
That Thy will in us be done,
We are asking for a union
That in Thee shall make us one.


We are praying, blessèd Savior,
That our lives Thy praise may show,
And Thy gracious hand direct us
In the way that we should go.


And at last, when all is over,
And our languid eyes we close,
May our souls awake rejoicing
Where the crystal river flows.