Scripture Verse

Let us draw near with a true heart. Hebrews 10:22

Introduction

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Hart P. Danks (1834–1903)

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, in Young Peo­ple’s Songs of Praise, by Ira D. San­key (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Big­low & Main, 1902), num­ber 97. Some hym­nals give the au­thor as Lyman G. Cuyler, one of Fan­ny’s pseu­do­nyms.

Music: Black­well Hart P. Danks, 1902 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Fanny Crosby (1820–1915)

Lyrics

I ask, O Lord, in sim­ple faith
This one re­quest of Thee,
That, con­se­crat­ed to Thy work,
My life may hence­forth be;
O teach me how the lost to win,
Poor wan­der­ing souls to seek,
Direct my foot­steps where to go,
And give me words to speak.

O grant me strength to la­bor still,
Where’er Thou bid’st me toil,
To per­se­vere with cheer­ful heart
Though rough may be the soil;
If called to suf­fer for Thy sake,
O let me not re­pine,
But fo­llow where my du­ty leads,
And have no will but Thine.

Thy bless­èd Spi­rit may I show,
Thy pure, un­self­ish love;
And thro’ Thy grace some wan­d’rer guide
To life and peace above;
To watch and wait and work for Thee,
Be this my con­stant care;
O grant me ac­cess to Thy throne,
Through hum­ble, grate­ful, pray­er.