Saturday, 27 August 2016

Just A Closer Walk With Thee Lyrics and Hymn Story

It is difficult to know the real author of this song that has blessed millions all over the world. There appears to be no consensus as to author. There is however circumstantial evidence that seems to point to an African American origin.

Those who say that this song has an African American origin think that it may have been composed in the African American congregations of the nineteenth century.

It is said that black slaves were heard singing a song about walking by the Lord's side while working in the fields.

Some have credited African American vocalist, Rev. Elijah Cluke (1907-1974) for the current version of this song.

Below are the lyrics and video of this beautiful hymn.

I am weak, but Thou art strong,
Jesus, keep me from all wrong,
I’ll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

Through this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.

When my feeble life is o’er,
Time for me will be no more,
Guide me gently, safely o’er
To Thy kingdom's shore, to Thy shore

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