O Jesus, I have promised to serve thee to the end;
Be thou forever near me, my Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle if thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway if thou wilt be my Guide.
O let me feel thee near me! The world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle; the tempting sounds I hear;
My foes are ever near me, around me and within,
But, Jesus, draw thou nearer and shield my soul from sin.
O let me hear thee speaking in accents clear and still,
Above the storms of passion, the murmurs of self will!
O speak to reassure me, to hasten, or control;
O speak and make me listen, thou guardian of my soul!
O Jesus, thou hast promised to all who follow thee
That where thou art in glory there shall thy servant be;
And, Jesus, I have promised to serve thee to the end;
O give me grace to follow my Master and my Friend.
Text: John E. Bode, 1816-1874
Tune: Arthur H. Mann, 1850-1928
"And righteousness and truth will I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out mine own elect from the four quarters of the earth, unto a place which I shall prepare; an holy city, that my people may gird up their loins, and be looking forth for the time of my coming; for there shall be my tabernacle, and it shall be called Zion; a New Jerusalem." Genesis 7:70