O Lord, close to Thee we would cleave

Sung during the Sunday worship at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, London (Spurgeon’s).

Hymn 573 from our hymn book, Psalms & Hymns of Reformed Worship.

O LORD, close to Thee we would cleave,
And rest on Thy promise alone,
Thy righteousness only receive,
And never place trust in our own.

For Thou art our Shepherd divine,
Whose word on our hearts we shall keep—
‘This flock has the Father made Mine;
I lay down My life for My sheep . . .

’Tis life everlasting I give;
My blood was the price My sheep cost,
Not one that on Me shall believe
Shall ever be finally lost.’

This God is the God we adore,
Our faithful, unchangeable Friend!
Whose love is as great as His power,
And knows neither measure nor end!

’Tis Jesus the First and the Last,
Whose Spirit shall guide us safe home;
We’ll praise Him for all that is past,
And trust Him for all that’s to come.

Author: Joseph Hart (1712-68)
Tune: Celeste
Composer: Lancashire Sunday School Songs (1857)

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