Author: Henry M. Wharton Meter: 220.127.116.11 D Appears in 2 hymnals First Line: Jesus, Thou art ever near me Lyrics: 1 Jesus, Thou art ever near me
Blessèd Savior of my soul,
And I hope to linger near Thee
While the endless ages roll;
Plunged in dark despair and sadness,
Paths of sin and death I trod;
Thou didst turn my grief to gladness,
Taught me how to walk with God.
2 I have often grieved Thy Spirit,
Put Thee to an open shame,
Naught but wrath could hope to merit,
Cast reproach upon Thy name;
Down the lonely road I wandered,
Of my doom was well aware;
Every hope and project squandered,
Hastening madly to despair.
3 Oh, how precious was the hour
When Thy hand was laid on me,
And by Thine almighty power,
Broke my chains and set me free;
Then my life was filled with glory,
And my heart rejoiced in Thee;
Now I love to tell the story
How my blessèd Lord saved me.
4 Now no longer I am roaming
In the wilderness of sin;
As the days are going, coming,
All is joy and peace within;
Thou to me my strength hast given,
And Thy grace so full and free,
I am on my way to Heaven,
Walking day by day with Thee Used With Tune: KARNATAKA Text Sources: Windows of Heaven (Baltimore: National Evangelization Society, 1898), alt.