Scripture Verse

Your love is better than life. Psalm 63:3

Introduction

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Fanny Crosby
(1820–1915)

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, in Gos­pel Hymns and Sac­red Songs, by Phi­lip P. Bliss & Ira D. San­key (New York: Big­low & Main, 1875), num­ber 48.

Music: W. How­ard Doane (🔊 pdf nwc).

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W. Howard Doane
(1832–1915)

Origin of the Hymn

Tune pre­ced­ed words in this in­stance. It was in 1875 that Mr. Doane sent the tune to Fan­ny Cros­by, and re­quest­ed her to write a hymn en­ti­tled “Ev­ery day and hour.”

Her re­sponse in the form of this hymn gave the blind hymn-writ­er great com­fort and filled her heart with joy. She felt sure that God would bless the hymn to ma­ny hearts.

Her hope has been most ful­ly ver­i­fied, for mil­lions have been re­freshed and strength­ened as they have sung it. At the sug­ges­tion of Mr. D. W. Mc­Will­iams, who was su­per­in­ten­dent of Dr. Cuy­ler’s Sun­day-school for twen­ty-five years, it was put in­to “Gos­pel Hymns.”

Sankey, pp. 238–39

Lyrics

Savior, more than life to me,
I am clinging, clinging, close to Thee;
Let Thy precious blood applied,
Keep me ever, ever near Thy side.

Refrain

Every day, every hour,
Let me feel Thy cleansing power;
May Thy tender love to me
Bind me closer, closer, Lord to Thee.

Through this changing world below,
Lead me gently, gently as I go;
Trusting Thee, I cannot stray,
I can never, never lose my way.

Refrain

Let me love Thee more and more,
Till this fleeting, fleeting life is o’er;
Till my soul is lost in love,
In a brighter, brighter world above.

Refrain