I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.@Matthew 28:20
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Maltbie D. Babcock (1858-1901)

Maltbie D. Babcock (1858-1901).

“No Distant Lord Have I” was written as a very personal an intimate expression of Dr. Babcock’s devotion to Jesus Christ, his unfailing Friend and Saviour. That the poem, or parts of it, would ever be used as a hymn probably never entered his mind. However, three stanzas of the poem were first set to music in 1927 and incorporated in “The Church School Hymnal for Youth” in 1928, in the section dealing with the spiritual presence of Christ.

Laufer, p. 56

Advent (Goss) John Goss, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John Goss (1800-1880)

No distant Lord have I,
Loving afar to be;
Made flesh for me, He cannot rest
Until He rests in me.

Brother in joy and pain,
Bone of my bone was He;
More intimate and closer still—
He dwells Himself in me.

I need not journey far
This dearest Friend to see;
Companionship is always mine;
He makes His home with me.