I would be nearer, my Savior,
Where I can hear Thy voice
Falling in tenderest whispers,
Making my heart rejoice.
Draw me close to Thee,
Draw me close to Thee;
Keep me, dear Savior, so near Thy side,
Draw me close to Thee.
I would be kept in Thy presence,
Free from the strife of tongues;
There shall the humble adore Thee,
Raising their grateful songs.
Keep me, O Lord, in Thy shadow,
When the dark tempests low’r;
Safely to rest on Thy bosom,
Keep me forevermore.
Swiftly the shadows are deep’ning,
Light of my life, be near;
Strengthen the trust I am keeping,
Fill me with hope and cheer.