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#323: More Love to Thee

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

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More love to Thee, O Christ, More love to Thee!
Hear Thou the prayer I make On Bended knee;
This is my earnest plea: More love, O Christ, to Thee,
More love to Thee, More love to Thee.
2
Once earthly joy I craved, Sought peace and rest;
Now Thee alone I seek -- Give what is best;
This all my prayer shall be: More love O Christ to Thee,
More love to Thee, More love to Thee.
3
Let sorrow do its work, Send grief and pain;
Sweet are Thy messengers, Sweet their refrain,
When they can sing with me, More love O Christ, to Thee,
More love to Thee, More love to Thee.
4
Then shall my latest breath Whisper Thy praise;
This be the parting cry My heart shall raise;
This still its prayer shall be: More love, O Christ to Thee,
More love to Thee, More love to Thee.

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#322: Near to Thy Heart

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

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Near to Thy heart, O Christ divine,
Leaning like John on Thy breast --
Till with Thy glory I will shine,
Near to Thy heart I'd rest.
2
Near to Thy heart O may I be,
Hearing Thy sweet words of love,
Learning Thy precious will for me,
Seeking those things above.
3
Near to Thy heart where all is peace,
Lost in the light of Thy face,
There will my faith and trust increase,
There will I grow in grace.

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#321: Nothing Between

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

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Nothing between my  soul and the Savior,
Naught of this world's delusive dream:
I have renounced all sinful pleasure --
Jesus is mine! There's nothing between.
CHORUS
Nothing between my soul and the Savior,
So that His blessed face may be seen;
Nothing preventing the least of His favor:
Keep the way clear! Let nothing between.


2
Nothing between, like worldly pleasure:
Habits of life, tho harmless they seem,
Must not my hearth from Him ever sever --
He is my all! There's nothing between.
CHORUS
3
Nothing between, like pride or station:
Self or friends shall not intervene;
Tho it may cost me much tribulation,
I am resolved! There's nothing between.
CHORUS
4
Nothing between, e'en many hard trials,
Tho the whole world against me convene;
Watching with prayer and much self denial --
Triumph at last, with nothing between!
CHORUS
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#320: OI Want to Be Like Jesus

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

1

O I want to be like Jesus As I walk along this pilgrim way;

O I want to live like Jesus, Showing forth His beauty ev’ry day.

This my prayer and deepest longing — To be pure without, within;

O I want to be like Jesus, Cleansed from dross and free from self and sin.

2

O, I want to talk like Jesus, — Gracious are the words from Him we hear:

Words of life and hope for sinners, Tender, healing words of love and cheer.

O the power and the value Of a fitly spoken word!

O I want to talk like Jesus Any time or place my voice is heard.

3

O I want to serve lie Jesus — Willingly He came from heav’n above;

On the earth He lived for others, Spent His life in kindly deeds of love.

I would follow where He leads me And His bidding always do;

O I want to serve like Jesus Till my trav’ling days on earth are through.

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#319: I Would Be True

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

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I would be true, for there are those who trust me;

I would be pure, for there are those who care;

I would be strong, for there is much to suffer,

I would be brave, for there is much to dare —

I would be brave, for there is much to dare.

2

I would be friend, ,of all — the foe, the friendless;

I would be giving, and forget the gift.

I would be humble, for I know my weakness;

I would look up, and laugh, and love, and lift —

I would look up, and laugh and love, and lift.

3

I would be prayerful thru each busy moment;

I would be be constantly in touch with God.

I would be tuned to hear His slightest whisper;

I would have faith to keep the path Christ trod —

I would have faith to keep the path Christ trod.

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#318: I Need Thee Every Hour

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

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I need Thee ev’ry hour, Most Gracious Lord;

No tender voice like Thine Can peace afford.

CHORUS

I need Thee, O I need Thee,

Ev’ry hour I need Thee!

O bless me now, my Savior —

I come to Thee!

2

I need Thee ev’ry hour, Stay Thou near by;

Temptations lose their pow’r When Thou art nigh.

CHORUS

3

I need Thee ev’ry hour, In joy or pain;

Come quickly and abide, Or life is vain.

CHORUS

4

I need Thee ev’ry hour, Most Holy One:

O Make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son!

CHORUS

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#317: A Charge to Keep I Have

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

1

A charge to keep I have —

A God to glorify,

Who have His Son my soul to save

And fit it for the sky.

2

To serve the present age,

My calling to fulfill —

O may it all my pow’rs engage

To do my Master’s will!

3

Arm me with jealous care,

As in Thy sight to live;

And O Thy servant, Lord, prepare

A strict account to give!

4

Help me to watch and pray,

And on Thyself rely;

And let me ne’er my trust betray,

But press to realms on high.

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#316: O to Be Like Thee

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

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O to be like Thee! blessed Redeemer,

This is my constant longing and prayer;

Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures,

Jesus Thy perfect likeness to wear.

CHORUS

O to be like Thee! O to be like Thee,

Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art!

Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;

Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.

2

O to be like Thee! full of compassion,

Loving, forgiving, tender and kind;

Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,

Seeking the wand’ring sinner to find.

CHORUS

3

O to be like Thee! lowly in spirit,

Holy and harmless, patient and brave,

Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,

Willing to suffer others to save.,

CHORUS

4

O to be like Thee! Lord, I am coming

Now to receive th’annointing divine;

All that I am and have I am bringing —

Lord, from this moment all shall be Thine.

CHORUS

5

O to be like Thee! while i am pleading,

Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love;

Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling,

Fit me for life and heaven above.

CHORUS

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#315: Deeper and Deeper

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

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Into the heart of Jesus Deeper and deeper I go,

Seeking to know the reason Why He should love me so —

Why He should stoop to lift me Up from the miry clay,

Saving my soul, making me whole, Tho I had wandered away.

2

Into the will of Jesus, Deeper and deeper I go,

Praying for grace to follow, Seeking His way to know;

Bowing in full surrender Low at His blessed feet,

Bidding Him take, break me and make, Till I am molded and meet.

3

Into the cross of Jesus, Deeper and deeper I go,

Following thru the garden, Facing the dreaded foe;

Drinking the cup of sorrow, — Sobbing with broken heart,

“O Savior, help! dear Savior, help” Grace for my weakness impart.!

4

Into the joy of Jesus, Deeper and deeper I go,

Rising, with soul enraptured, Far from the world below,;

Joy in the place of sorrow, Peace in the midst of pain,

Jesus with give, Jesus will give — He will uphold and sustain.

5

Into the love of Jesus Deeper and deeper I go,

Praising the One who brought me Out of my sin and woe;

And thru eternal ages Gratefully I shall sing,

“O how He love! O how He love! Jesus, my Lord and my King!”

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When you can’t hear the overtones

Songflower Chorale began rehearsal for its spring concert tonight. I joined the rehearsal with a certain mixed apprehension. While loving the music we will be performing, the health issues I have chronicled elsewhere have led to a deterioration of my voice.

It isn’t quite the split of top and bottom that I had before. I have rough notes all the way through, but it usually leaves me more good notes at the bottom than at the top of the range.

But what happened recently that made me take note was something entirely different. I noticed it at a Wednesday night church choir rehearsal. Usually when I get stuffed up my hearing gives me a lot of extra resonance within my head. This time that resonance disappeared. I didn’t hear it in my voice, and didn’t hear it coming from the group around me.

I always wondered how I heard other parts to harmonize with them the way they do. Because I know I don’t consciously think about any other part when I am singing. It turns out that I recognize the overtones between me and them, and that enables me to sing, tune, and even read intervals to a great degree.

Intervals? Yes, this really blew my sight reading skills. I had to concentrate on things that I usually don’t to match the part, and listen closely.

The harmonics are back. I can hear them in my head again, though the overtones aren’t as consistent since my voice itself is having trouble producing some of the notes well.

But it was a real discovery to find out how I actually did things versus how I previously thought I did things.