No. 79: May I Closer Grow to Thee

Verse 1:
Jesus, Thou art ever lovely,
Thou the true and beauteous Vine!
Unto Thee my soul’s affections
Ever seek to turn and twine.

Refrain:
Ev’ry day, Lord, I pray,
May I closer grow to Thee;
As the branch to the vine,
May the blessed union be.

Verse 2:
As the branch cannot be fruitful,
Severed from the living vine,
So my life is dead and worthless
If it be not one with Thine.

Verse 3:
If there be this sacred nearness,
Then the springing life will glow;
Then the love will warm and ripen,
And the fruitful clusters grow.

M.W. Snodgrass/T.M. Towne

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