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I long to know thee better day by day

I long to know thee better day by day

Author: Ada R. Habershon
Tune: [I long to know Thee better] (Stebbins)
Published in 3 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 I long to know Thee better
Day by day,
I want to draw much closer
When I pray,
To listen more intently
For Thy voice,
To let the things Thou choosest
Be my choice.

2 I long to serve Thee better
Hour by hour,
Depending more entirely
On Thy power,
I want to know more fully
All Thy will,
To count upon each promise,
And be still.

3 I long to keep more closely
At Thy side,
To worship in Thy presence,
And abide,
I want to rest more calmly
In Thy care,
Assured that Thou wilt keep me
Safely there.

4 I long to find new beauties
In Thy word,
To follow in the footsteps
Of my Lord,
And, oh, the greatest longing
Thro’ Thy grace,
Is that mine eyes may see Thee
Face to face.

Source: Victorious Life Hymns #194

Author: Ada R. Habershon

Ada Ruth Habershon (1861-1918) was a Christian hymnist, probably best known for her 1907 hymn "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" Ada R. Habershon was born in Marylebone, England on Jan­u­a­ry 8, 1861. Her father, Dr. Samuel Osborne Ha­ber­shon, was a noted physician; her mother was Grace Habershon. She was raised in Chelsea, London, in a Christian home. In her twenties, she was a member of the circle surrounding Charles Spurgeon. She met Dwight L. Moody and Ira D. Sankey in 1884 during their preaching tour of England. At their urging, she visited the United States, delivering a series of lectures on the Old Testament that were later published. Habershon's first foray into hymn writing came in 1899, when she wrote several hymns in the… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I long to know thee better day by day
Author: Ada R. Habershon



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Alexander's Gospel Songs and Solos #d43

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Songs of the Assembly #30

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Victorious Life Hymns #194

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