Scripture Verse

Who is he who will devote himself to be close to Me? Jeremiah 30:21

Introduction

Words: Ben­ja­min L. Ag­new, in The Ark of Praise, ed­it­ed by John R. Swe­ney (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1882), page 8.

Music: Greenford J. T. Hol­lo­way (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know Hol­lo­way’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Benjamin L. Agnew
(1833–1919)

Lyrics

Still closer to Jesus! still closer, we pray,
O let us be drawn, blessèd Father, each day;
In midst of our doubts, tribulations and tears,
When close drawn to Jesus, He quiets our fears.

Refrain

Then closer to Jesus! still closer, we pray,
Oh, let us be drawn, blessèd Father, each day;
While working and singing, with faith and delight,
As homeward we go to the land ever bright.

As down thro’ the vale of life’s sorrows we move,
There’s nothing so joyful and cheerful can prove
As joys of salvation in Jesus our Lord,
And confident trust in our God’s blessèd Word.

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His promises precious, all sweet and most choice,
His covenant blessings, in these we rejoice;
On Jesus our Savior, with faith and with prayer,
How firm a foundation! we rest fully there.

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On homeward, yes, homeward, fast homeward we go;
Our friends fondly loved we must leave here below;
But over the river, in Heaven so fair,
On far brighter shores, we shall meet them all there.

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