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

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

John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John R. Sweney
(1837–1899)

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

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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.

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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.

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

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