Scripture Verse

Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. James 4:8


Words: Ad­am Drese (1620–1701) (Je­su, Rufe Mich). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Si­me­on C. Chit­ty, 1890. Ap­peared in Of­fic­es of Wor­ship and Hymns (Beth­le­hem, Penn­syl­van­ia: Mo­ra­vi­an Pub­li­ca­tion Of­fice, 1891), num­ber 511.

Mu­sic: Gre­gor’s 46th Metre Ad­am Drese, 1698 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Jesus, call Thou me, from the world to Thee;
Speed me ever, stay me never;
Jesus, call Thou me.

Not Jerusalem—lowly Bethlehem
’Twas that gave us Christ to save us;
Not Jerusalem.

Favored Bethlehem! honored is that name;
Thence came Jesus to release us;
Favored Bethlehem.

Wondrous Child divine! warm this heart of mine;
Keep it burning, for Thee yearning,
Wondrous Child divine!

Do not me reject; let Thy light reflect
From me ever, blessèd Savior;
Do not me reject.

O that look of love! may I here, above,
Give Thee blessing never ceasing,
For that look of love.