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Lift me higher, blessed Master

Lift me higher, blessed Master

Author: May Cornwell
Tune: [Lift me higher, blessèd Master]
Published in 5 hymnals

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Full Text

1. Lift me higher, blessèd Master,
Higher still into the light,
Up above the fearful shadows
Of earth’s sin and gloom and night.

Higher, Savior,
Nearer to Thy piercèd side,
With Thy loving arms about me,
Let me evermore abide.

2. Hold me closer, blessèd Master,
In a firm and fond embrace;
Let no shadows pass between me
And the glory of Thy face. [Refrain]

3. Make me purer, blessèd Master,
Pure in purpose, deed and heart;
May the purity of Jesus
Of my own life form a part. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #3750

Author: May Cornwell

[May Cornwell] [Lynwood] Born: April 29, 1871, Ches­ter Coun­ty, South Car­o­lina. Died: February 2, 1951. Buried: Laur­el­wood Cem­e­te­ry, Rock Hill, South Carolina. May’s par­ents were Will­iam Jesse Will­iams Corn­well (rul­ing elder at Plea­sant Grove Pres­by­ter­ian Church, and the com­mun­i­ty phy­si­cian) and Mar­ga­ret Le­vi­ca Walk­er. May at­tended the Ches­ter Fe­male In­sti­tute in Vir­gin­ia, where she wrote un­der the pen name "Lynwood." She grad­u­at­ed with hon­ors and was the com­mence­ment speak­er. After gra­du­a­tion, she became a teach­er, first for a lo­cal school, then for an orp­han­age (she al­so taught Sund­ay school for 63 years). In De­cem­ber 1… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Lift me higher, blessed Master
Author: May Cornwell
Refrain First Line: Higher, Savior, nearer to thy pierced side



The Cyber Hymnal #3750
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