Words: Unknown author.
Music: Closer Walk, traditional folk song.
I am weak, but Thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I’ll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.
Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.
Music: Toplady, Thomas Hastings, 1830. Alternate tunes:
- Cuyler, J. Hyatt Brewer (1851-1931)
- Redhead, Richard Redhead, 1853
Sir William Henry Wills, in a letter to Dean Lefroy, published in the [London] Times in June, 1898, says ‘Toplady was one day overtaken by a thunderstorm in Burrington Coombe, on the edge of my property,
Words: Henry Vaughan, Silex Scintillans, or Sacred Poems, 1650.
Music: Vulpius, Melchior Vulpius, Ein Schön Geistlich Gesangbuch (Jena, Germany: 1609).
My soul, there is a country,
Afar beyond the stars,
Where stands a wingèd sentry,
All skillful in the wars.
There, above noise and danger,
Sweet Peace sits crowned with smiles,
And One born in a manger
Commands the beauteous files.
Music: St. Peter (Reinagle), Alexander R. Reinagle, Psalm Tunes for the Voice and Pianoforte (Oxford, England: 1836). Alternate tunes:
- Heber, George Kingsley, 1838
- Ortonville, Thomas Hastings, 1837
How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds
In a believer’s ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
And drives away his fear.
Words: James Montgomery, Poet’s Portfolio, 1835.
Music: Terra Beata, traditional English melody, arranged by Franklin L. Sheppard in his Alleluia, 1915. Alternate tune:
- Nearer Home, Isaac B. Woodbury, 1852; harmony by Arthur S. Sullivan, 1874
“Forever with the Lord!”
Amen, so let it be!
Life from His death is in that word
Here in the body pent,