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 & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

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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.

Refrain

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.

Refrain

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.

Refrain