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