Nearer to Me

Representative Text

1 Draw near, O Christ! to me,
Nearer to me,
Unworthy and unclean
Though I may be;
Come with thy quick'ning grace,
Show me thy smiling face,
Draw near this hallowed place,
Draw near to me.

2 Draw near, O Christ! to me,
Nearer to me,
My soul with strong desire
Burns after thee;
Let me thy joys partake,
Come, ere my spirit break,
For thy sweet mercy's sake,
Draw near to me.

3 Draw near, O Christ! to me,
Nearer to me,
Let all thy wealth of love
Fall upon me;
Touch ev'ry secret sin,
Wash me and make me clean,
Let nothing stand between
My heart and thee.

Source: International Song Service: with Bright Gems from fifty authors, for Sunday-schools, gospel meetings, missionary and young people's societies, prayer-meetings, etc. #87

Author: Elisha A. Hoffman

Elisha Hoffman (1839-1929) after graduating from Union Seminary in Pennsylvania was ordained in 1868. As a minister he was appointed to the circuit in Napoleon, Ohio in 1872. He worked with the Evangelical Association's publishing arm in Cleveland for eleven years. He served in many chapels and churches in Cleveland and in Grafton in the 1880s, among them Bethel Home for Sailors and Seamen, Chestnut Ridge Union Chapel, Grace Congregational Church and Rockport Congregational Church. In his lifetime he wrote more than 2,000 gospel songs including"Leaning on the everlasting arms" (1894). The fifty song books he edited include Pentecostal Hymns No. 1 and The Evergreen, 1873. Mary Louise VanDyke… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Draw near, O Christ, to me
Title: Nearer to Me
Author: Elisha A. Hoffman
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 9 of 9)
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Celestial Showers No. 1, a collection of gospel songs used in Rev. I. Toliver's Meetings #161

Hymns and Spiritual Songs for Bible Schools #d37

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International Song Service #87

Sing the Gospel #d9

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Songs of the Peacemaker #161

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Spiritual Songs for Gospel Meetings and the Sunday School #80a

The Temple of Song #d13

The Voice of Praise, a new collection #d29

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