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O, let us exalt our dear Lord and proclaim,
In songs of true gratitude, praise to His name!
As songs of the angels in sweetest accord,
Our thanks and our praises shall rise to the Lord.
-- Zion's Harp # 165
Hymn Information

Close To Thee

Score
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Author
Frances Jane Crosby
Composer
Silas Jones Vail
Arranger
A. H. M.
Notes
Stanzas 3 to 11, incl., by P. G., Jr.
Lyrics
Thou, my everlasting portion,
More than friend or life to me;
All along my pilgrim journey,
Saviour, let me walk with Thee.
Close to Thee, close to Thee,
Close to Thee, close to Thee;
All along my pilgrim journey,
Saviour, let me walk with Thee.

Not for ease or worldly pleasure,
Nor for fame my pray'r shall be;
Gladly will I toil and suffer,
Only let me walk with Thee.
Close to Thee, close to Thee,
Close to Thee, close to Thee;
Gladly will I toil and suffer,
Only let me walk with Thee.

Thou didst take the cup of suff'ring,
Praying in Gethsemane;
In the sorrow of Thine hou'r,
Saviour, let me watch with Thee.
Close to Thee, close to Thee,
Close to Thee, close to Thee;
In the sorrow of Thine hou'r,
Saviour, let me watch with Thee.

Thou didst bear to Calv'ry's mountain,
Cross, and stripes, and thorns for me;
Let me on that fateful journey,
Saviour, bear Thy cross with Thee.
Close to Thee, close to Thee,
Close to Thee, close to Thee;
Let me on that fateful journey,
Saviour, bear Thy cross with Thee.

Tasting death for ev'ry mortal,
By God's grace on Calvary;
Sharing there Thy crucifixion,
Saviour, let me die with Thee.
Close to Thee, close to Thee,
Close to Thee, close to Thee;
Sharing there Thy crucifixion,
Saviour, let me die with Thee.

Dead to sin, I am now buried,
From its curse forever free;
Buried with Thee in baptism,
Saviour, let me rest with Thee.
Close to Thee, close to Thee,
Close to Thee, close to Thee;
Buried with Thee in baptism,
Saviour, let me rest with Thee.

Planted with Thee in Thy dying,
Risen like Thee I shall be;
By the Father's might and glory,
Saviour, let me rise with Thee.
Close to Thee, close to Thee,
Close to Thee, close to Thee;
By the Father's might and glory,
Saviour, let me rise with Thee.

Dead to Law, and its dominion,
Under grace I am now free;
In the new life of Thy Spirit,
Saviour, let me walk with Thee.
Close to Thee, close to Thee,
Close to Thee, close to Thee;
In the new life of Thy Spirit,
Saviour, let me walk with Thee.

Things above, I am now seeking,
Life is hid in God with Thee;
In the heav'nlies with the blessed,
Saviour, let me sit with Thee.
Close to Thee, close to Thee,
Close to Thee, close to Thee;
In the heav'nlies with the blessed,
Saviour, let me sit with Thee.

Blessed hope, I 'wait Thy coming,
In a moment changed I'll be;
Should I sooner end my journey,
Saviour, let me sleep in Thee.
Close to Thee, close to Thee,
Close to Thee, close to Thee;
Should I sooner end my journey,
Saviour, let me sleep in Thee.

Brought with Thee in resurrection,
Raised to meet Thee in the air;
Immortality's perfection,
Saviour, let me with Thee share.
Close to Thee, close to Thee,
Close to Thee, close to Thee;
Immortality's perfection,
Saviour, let me with Thee share.

Lead me through the vale of shadows,
Bear me o'er life's fitful sea;
Then the gate of life eternal,
May I enter, Lord, with Thee.
Close to Thee, close to Thee,
Close to Thee, close to Thee;
Then the gate of life eternal,
May I enter, Lord, with Thee.

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