Close To Thee

 

Close To Thee


“I came across this fantastic lyric when exploring through some traditional American hymnals. Being from Denmark, I didn't know the hymn and had never heard the original melody, so to me it felt very fresh. It struck me how beautifully it expressed radical surrender and comfort in walking with Christ. After listening to the original melody, which was quite strident, I aimed for a tune that had a little more melancholy and expressed a deep longing." (Arvid Asmussen)

CLOSE TO THEE
Written by Arvid Asmussen (KODA), Fanny Crosby (PD)
© 2016 Common Hymnal Publishing (ASCAP), 10000 Fathers (ASCAP) (admin by CapitolCMGPublishing.com). CCLI 7068114.

VERSE 1
Thou my everlasting portion
More than friend or life to me
All along my pilgrim journey
Savior, let me walk with thee

CHORUS 1
Close to thee, close to thee
All along my pilgrim journey
Savior, let me walk so         
Close to thee, close to thee
All along my pilgrim journey
Savior, let me walk with thee

VERSE 2
Not for ease or worldly pleasure
Nor for fame my prayer shall be
Gladly will I toil and suffer
Only let me walk with thee

CHORUS 2
Close to thee, close to thee
Gladly will I toil and suffer
Only let me walk so
Close to thee, close to thee
Gladly will I toil and suffer
Only let me walk with thee

VERSE 3
Lead me through the vale of shadows
Bear me o'er life's fitful sea
The the gate of life eterbal
May I ener, Lord, with thee

CHORUS 3
Close to thee, close to thee
Then the gate of life eternal
May I enter, Lord, so
Close to thee, close to thee
Then the gate of life eternal
May I enter, Lord, with thee

 
 

 

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