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553. Close to Thee

1 Thou my everlasting portion,
More than friend or life to me,
All along my pilgrim journey,
Savior, let me walk with Thee.
Close to Thee, Close to Thee,
Close to Thee, Close to Thee;
All along my pilgrim journey,
Savior, let me walk with Thee.

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.
Close to Thee, Close to Thee,
Close to Thee, Close to Thee;
Gladly will I toil and suffer,
Only let me walk with Thee.

3 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.

Text Information
First Line: Thou my everlasting portion
Title: Close to Thee
Author: Fanny J. Crosby, 1820-1915
Meter: 8 7 8 7 with refrain
Language: English
Publication Date: 2001
Scripture:
Topic: Everlasting Life; Fellowship: with God; Christian Pilgrimage
Tune Information
Name: CLOSE TO THEE
Composer: Silas J. Vail, 1818-1884
Arranger: Nolan Williams, Jr. b. 1969
Meter: 8 7 8 7 with refrain
Key: G Major
Copyright: Arr. © 2000, GIA Publications, Inc.



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