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In the wear and tear of life

In the wear and tear of life

Author: Oswald J. Smith
Tune: [In the wear and tear of life]
Published in 2 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 In the wear and tare of life—
In the thickest of the strife,
When the hills of joy are difficult to climb—
And the way is dark and drear,
Friends and lov’d ones insincere—
Just keep close to Jesus all the time.

Keep close to Jesus!
Keep close to Jesus all the time;
For your life will sweeter grow,
As you journey here below,
If you keep close to Jesus all the time.

2 When the waves of sorrow roll—
Seem to overwhelm the soul,
And you feel that life has lost its sweetest chime,
There is still a ray of light
Shining dimly thro’ the night,
So keep close to Jesus all the time. [Refrain]

3 Have you vict’ry over sin!
Is there joy and peace within?
‘Tis because you’ve learn’d the secret so sublime.
Would you never fall away.
Nor your Saviour disobey?
Then keep close to Jesus all the time. [Refrain]

4 Do you long to win the lost
Back to God at any cost?
Would you save them from a life of sin and crime?
Leave a blessing as you go,
While you journey on below?
Just keep close to Jesus all the time. [Refrain]

Source: Alexander's Hymns No. 3 #166

Author: Oswald J. Smith

Smith, Oswald Jeffrey. (Odessa, Ontario, November 8, 1889--January 25, 1986, Toronto, Canada). Presbyterian. Attended Manitoba College, Winnipeg, 1909-1910; Toronto Bible College, 1907-1908, 1910-1912; McCormick Theological Seminary, 1912-1915; further study at Knox College, Toronto; several honorary doctorates. Pastorates in Toronto, 1915-1958; frequently conducted evangelistic meetings and crusades elsewhere. In 1928 he organized the virtually autonomous People's Church, which combines a vigorous evangelistic program in Toronto with an enviable overseas missionary network; in 1958 he relinquished its guidance to his son Paul, but remained its highly active minister emeritus. He published some 35 devotional and inspirational books, which h… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: In the wear and tear of life
Author: Oswald J. Smith
Refrain First Line: Keep close to Jesus



Instances (1 - 2 of 2)
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Alexander's Hymns No. 3 #166

Dale Hymns No. 3 #d13

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