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

Malt­bie D. Bab­cock (1858–1901).

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

John Goss

No Dis­tant Lord Have I was wri­tten as a ve­ry per­son­al and 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

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.