Close to the heart of Jesus, I can forget all care

Close to the heart of Jesus, I can forget all care

Author: Mrs. Frank A. Breck
Tune: [Close to the heart of Jesus]
Published in 1 hymnal

Representative Text

1. Close to the heart of Jesus,
I can forget all care:
Bring Him my every burden,
And safely leave it there.
Close to the heart of Jesus-
Close in the troublous time,
There is my Strength- my Refuge-
And there my hope sublime.

CHORUS
Close to the heart of Jesus,
There I may softly tell
Failure, and toil, and trial,-
And telling Him,- all is well.

2. Ever His love hath spoken.
Whether ‘tis storm or calm;
Never are hearts are broken,
But He gives healing balm,
”Like as a mother comforts”-
Comforts her own- distressed,
So doth my Savior comfort,
And give the weary rest. [CHORUS]

3. Close to the heart of Jesus,
I shall not know defeat;
Triumph is mine- and gladness-
And blessedness complete.
Trusting I lean upon Him,
Close to His wounded side,
Close to His great compassion,
And there with joy abide. [CHORUS]

Author: Mrs. Frank A. Breck

Carrie Ellis Breck was born 22 January 1855 in Vermont and raised in a Christian home. She later moved to Vineland, New Jersy, and then to Portland, Oregon. She wrote verse and prose for religious and household publications, In 1884 she married Frank A. Breck. She has written between fourteen and fifteen hundred hymns. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

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First Line: Close to the heart of Jesus, I can forget all care
Author: Mrs. Frank A. Breck
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