He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart.@Isaiah 40:11

Cle­land B. Mc­A­fee, 1903 (🔊 pdf nwc). He wrote these words af­ter two young daugh­ters of his bro­ther Ho­ward died from diph­ther­ia with­in 24 hours of each oth­er. The choir at Park Col­lege, Park­ville, Mis­sou­ri, sang the new hymn at their Sa­tur­day night re­hear­sal, and were so moved by it that they went to How­ard Mc­A­fee’s quar­an­tined house and sang it out­side the win­dow.

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Cleland B. McAfee
(1866–1944)

There is a place of quiet rest,
Near to the heart of God.
A place where sin cannot molest,
Near to the heart of God.

Refrain

O Jesus, blest Redeemer,
Sent from the heart of God,
Hold us who wait before Thee
Near to the heart of God.

There is a place of comfort sweet,
Near to the heart of God.
A place where we our Savior meet,
Near to the heart of God.

Refrain

There is a place of full release,
Near to the heart of God.
A place where all is joy and peace,
Near to the heart of God.

Refrain