1 Only to know that the path I tread
Is the path marked out for me;
That the way, tho' thorny, rough, and steep,
Will lead me nearer to Thee!
Nearer to Thee! nearer to Thee!
Blessed Redeemer, to Thee!
Only to know that the path I tread
Is bringing me nearer to Thee!
2 Only to know when the day is passed,
As the evening shadows come,
That its trials and cares have proved, indeed,
A "day’s march nearer home!"
Nearer my home! nearer my home!
Nearer my beautiful home!
Only to know that each fast-fleeting day
Is bringing me nearer home!
3 Only to know that the cross I see,
Is the cross of Calvary,
On which the world’s Redeemer died,
To purchase life for me!
Purchas'd for me! purchas'd for me!
Life Thou hast purchas'd for me!
Only to know that Thy death on the cross
Brings light and life to me!
4 Only to know His peace within--
My will to His resigned;
Oh, fill me with Thy fullness, Lord,
And make me wholly Thine!
Wholly Thine! wholly Thine!
Now and forever Thine!
Fill me with love and peace divine,
And make me wholly Thine!Source: Concordia: a collection of hymns and spiritual songs #163