Song: Closer, Lord, to Thee in Gospel Hymns No. 5

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Copyright 1887, by Ira D. Sankey

Published in Gospel Hymns No. 5 (Copyright 1890, by The Biglow & Main Co. and The John Church Co.)

Taylor, E. G.

Page 13
Format: Full words and music
Designation: 11
Verses: 4 verses

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Verse 1
Closer, Lord, to Thee I cling,
Closer still to Thee;
Safe beneath Thy sheltering wing
I would ever be;
Rude the blast of doubt and sin,
Fierce assaults without, within,
Help me, Lord, the battle win;–
Closer, Lord, to Thee.

Verse 2
Closer yet, O Lord, my Rock,
Refuge of my soul;
Dread I not the tempest-shock,
Tho’ the billows roll;
Wildest storm cannot alarm,
For, to me, can come no harm,
Leaning on Thy loving arm;–
Closer, Lord, to Thee.

Verse 3
Closer still, my Help, my Stay,
Closer, closer still;
Meekly there I learn to say,
“Father, not my will;”
Learn that in affliction’s hour,
When the clouds of sorrow lower,
Love directs Thy hand of power;–
Closer, Lord, to Thee.

Verse 4
Closer, Lord, to Thee I come,
Light of life Divine;
Thro’ the ever Blessed Son,
Joy and peace are mine;
Let me in Thy love abide,
Keep me ever near Thy side,
In the “Rock of Ages” hide,–
Closer, Lord, to Thee.