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6. Keep Close to Jesus

In the late 1800s/early 1900s, many of the individual words that we now use, such as “goodbye” were still in the hyphenated stage of changing from two words into one. So, “good-bye” in the last verse was the correct spelling at the time.

Verse 1:
When you start for the land of heavenly rest,
Keep close to Jesus all the way;
For He is the Guide, and He knows the way best,
Keep close to Jesus all the way.

Refrain:
Keep close to Jesus,
Keep close to Jesus,
Keep close to Jesus all the way;
By day or by night never turn from the right,
Keep close to Jesus all the way.

Verse 2:
Never mind the storms or trials as you go,
Keep close to Jesus all the way;
‘Tis a comfort and joy His favor to know,
Keep close to Jesus all the way.

Verse 3:
To be safe from the darts of the evil one,
Keep close to Jesus all the way;
Take the shield of faith till the vict’ry is won,
Keep close to Jesus all the way.

Verse 4:
We shall reach our home in heaven by and by,
Keep close to Jesus all the way;
Where to those we love we’ll never say good-bye,
Keep close to Jesus all the way.

J.L./John Lane
Copyright 1892, 1893

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5. Can a Boy Forget his Mother?

Verse 1:
Can a boy forget his mother’s pray’r,
When he has wandered God knows where?
It’s down the path of death and shame,
But mother’s pray’rs are heard the same!

Refrain:
Come back, my boy, come back, I say,
And walk now, in thy mother’s way!
Come back, my boy, come back, I say,
And walk now, in thy mother’s way.

Verse 2:
Can a boy forget his mother’s face,
Whose heart was kind and filled with grace?
Her loving voice it echoes sweet:
She waits, she longs her boy to meet!

Verse 3:
Can a boy forget his mother’s door,
From which he wandered years before?
With tears and sighs she said, “Good-bye,
Meet me, my boy, beyond the sky!”

Verse 4:
Can a boy forget that she is dead,
Though many years have passed and fled?
Those tears, that pray’r, that sweet “Good-bye;”
She waits to welcome thee on high!

J.H.W./J.H. Weber
Copyright 1880

4. For Christ and the Church

Verse 1:
For Christ and the church, let our voices ring,
Let us honor the name of our own blessed King,
Let us work with a will in the strength of youth,
And loyally stand for the kingdom of truth.

Refrain:
For Christ our dear Redeemer,
For Christ who died to save,
For the Church His blood hath purchased,
Lord, make us pure and brave.

Verse 2:
For Christ and the church, be our earnest prayer,
Let us follow His banner, the cross daily bear,
Let us yield, wholly yield, to His Spirit’s pow’r,
And faithfully serve him in life’s brightest hour.

Verse 3:
For Christ and the church,, willing off’rings make,
Time and talents and gold, for the dear Master’s sake;
We’ll remember the best we can bring to Him,
The hearts’ wealth of love, that will never grow dim.

Verse 4:
For Christ and the church, let us cast aside,
By His conquering grace, chains of self, fear and pride;
May our lives be enriched by an aim so grand,
Then happy the call to the Savior’s right hand.

E.E. Hewitt/Wm.J. Kirkpatrick
Copyright 1890

3. Since I Have Been Redeemed

Similar to the previous song, the lines in parentheses in the refrain are sung by the men as the women sing the line above.

Verse 1:
I have a song I love to sing,
Since I have been redeem’d,
Of my Redeemer, Savior, King,
Since I have been redeem’d.

Refrain:
Since I have been redeem’d,
(Since I have been redeem’d, Since I have been redeem’d,)
Since I have been redeem’d,
I will glory in His name,
Since I……….have been redeem’d
(Since I have been redeem’d)
I will glory in my Savior’s name.

Verse 2:
I have a Christ that satisfies,
Since I have been redeem’d,
To do His will my highest prize,
Since I have been redeem’d.

Verse 3:
I have a Witness, bright and clear,
Since I have been redeem’d,
Dispelling ev’ry doubt and fear,
Since I have been redeem’d.

Verse 4:
I have a joy I can’t express,
Since I have been redeem’d,
All thro’ His blood and righteousness,
Since I have been redeem’d.

Verse 5:
I have a home prepar’d for me,
Since I have been redeem’d,
Where I shall dwell eternally,
Since I have been redeem’d.

E.O.E./E.O. Excell
Copyright 1884

2. Building for Eternity

The words in parentheses in the refrain are sung by the basses while the other voices sing the words above them. Verse 2 and 3 together are a rather sobering reminder that what we do might affect someone’s eternity.

Verse 1:
We are building in sorrow or joy,
A temple the world may not see,
Which time cannot mar nor destroy,
We build for eternity.

Refrain:
We are building ev’ry day
(We are building, building, ev’ry day,)
A temple the world may not see,
Building, building, ev’ry day,
Building for eternity.

Verse 2:
Ev’ry tho’t that we’ve ever had,
Its own little place has fill’d,
Ev’ry deed we have done good or bad,
Is a stone in the temple we build.

Verse 3:
Ev’ry word that so lightly falls,
Giving some heart joy or pain,
Will shine in our temple walls,
Or ever its beauty stain.

Verse 4:
Are you building for God alone,
Are you building in faith and love,
A temple the Father will own,
In the city of light above?

N.B.S./N.B. Sargent
Copyright 1884

1. More about Jesus

Today, we begin a new hymnal, “The Finest of the Wheat No. 2”, published in 1894 by R.R. McCabe and Geo.D. Elderkin.

Verse 1:
More about Jesus would I know,
More of His grace to others show;
More of His saving fullness see,
More of His love who died for me.

Refrain:
More, more about Jesus,
More, more about Jesus,
More of His saving fullness see,
More of His love who died for me.

Verse 2:
More about Jesus let me learn,
More of His holy will discern;
Spirit of God, my teacher be,
Showing the things of Christ to me.

Verse 3:
More about Jesus; in His word,
Holding communion with my Lord;
Hearing His voice in ev’ry line,
Making each faithful saying mine.

Verse 4:
More about Jesus; on His throne,
Riches in glory all His own;
More of His kingdom’s sure increase;
More of His coming, Prince of Peace.

E.E. Hewitt/Jno.R. Sweney
Copyright 1887

No. 180

The last hymn in this book; otherwise known as “Sweet Hour of Prayer”. At the time this was written, “wants” and “wishes” meant two very different things. “Wants” referred to necessities lacking and “wishes” referred to things the speaker felt would be nice to have. In our era, the two words have both come to mean the latter.

Verse 1:
Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
That calls me from a world of care,
And bids me at my Father’s throne
Make all my wants and wishes known;
In seasons of distress and grief,
My soul has often found relief;
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare,
By thy return, sweet hour of prayer.

Verse 2:
Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
Thy wings shall my petition bear
To Him whose truth and faithfulness
Engage the waiting soul to bless
And since He bids me seek His face,
Believe His word, and trust His grace,
I’ll cast on Him my every care,
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

Verse 3:
Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
May I thy consolation share,
Till, from Mount Pisgah’s lofty height,
I view my home and take my flight;
This robe of flesh I’ll drop, and rise
To seize the everlasting prize,
And shout, while passing through the air,
Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer!

Rev. W.W. Walford