Scripture Verse

Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22

Introduction

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Fanny Crosby
(1820–1915)

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, in Bright­est and Best, ed­it­ed by Ro­bert Low­ry & How­ard Doane (New York: Big­low & Main, 1875), num­ber 22.

Music: W. How­ard Doane (🔊 pdf nwc).

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W. Howard Doane
(1832–1915)

Origin of the Hymn

Fanny Cros­by was vis­it­ing Mr. W. H. Doane, in his home in Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio. They were talk­ing to­ge­ther about the near­ness of God, as the sun was set­ting and ev­en­ing sha­dows were ga­ther­ing around them.

The sub­ject so im­pressed the well-known hymn-writ­er, that be­fore re­tir­ing she had writ­ten the words to this hymn, which has be­come one of the most use­ful she has ev­er writ­ten. The mu­sic by Mr. Doane so well fit­ted the words that the hymn has be­come a spe­cial fa­vo­rite wher­ev­er the Gos­pel Hymns are known.

Sankey, p. 325

Lyrics

I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith
And be closer drawn to Thee.

Refrain

Draw me nearer, nearer blessèd Lord,
To the cross where Thou hast died.
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessèd Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.

Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
By the power of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
And my will be lost in Thine.

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O the pure delight of a single hour
That before Thy throne I spend,
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God
I commune as friend with friend!

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There are depths of love that I cannot know
Till I cross the narrow sea;
There are heights of joy that I may not reach
Till I rest in peace with Thee.

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