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I Am Thine,
Close to Thee for a bography) was visiting Mr. W. H. Doane,
in his home in Cincinnati, Ohio. They were talking together
about the nearness of God, as the sun was setting and evening
shadows were gathering around them. The subject so impressed
the well-known hymn-writer, that before retiring she had
written the words to this hymn, which has become one of the
most useful she has ever written. The music by Mr. Doane so
well fitted the words that the hymn has become a special
favorite wherever the Gospel Hymns are known.
William Howard Doane (born in Preston,
1832; died in South Orange, New Jersey on
1915) was an industrialist who composed Christian hymn
tunes. He held patents on wood-working machinery and in 1861
became President of J. A. Fay and Company. In religious
work he headed the Ohio Baptist Convention Ministers Aid
Society for the Midwest. In 1875 he received his doctorate
in music from Dennison University. In his musical career he
edited forty-three collections of hymns and composed hundreds of
hymns. He also wrote the music to several hymns by Fanny Crosby.
William Howard Doane
Lyrics by Fanny Crosby
I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith
And be closer drawn to Thee.
Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
Draw me nearer, nearer blessèd Lord,
To the cross where Thou hast died.
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessèd Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.
By the power of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
And my will be lost in Thine.
O the pure delight of a single
That before Thy throne I spend,
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God
I commune as friend with friend!
There are depths of love that
I cannot know
Till I cross the narrow sea;
There are heights of joy that I may not reach
Till I rest in peace with Thee.