"Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;" (Ephesians 5:19)
The hymn, 'Nearer, Still Nearer' by Leila N. Moris is and example.
Nearer, still nearer, close to Thy heart,
Draw me, my Savior, so precious Thou art;
Fold me, O fold me close to Thy breast,
Shelter me safe in that "Haven of Rest,"
Shelter me safe in that "Haven of Rest."
Nearer, still nearer, nothing I bring,
Naught as an offering to Jesus my King;
Only my sinful, now contrite heart,
Grant me the cleansing Thy blood doth impart,
Grant me the cleansing Thy blood doth impart.
Nearer, still nearer, Lord, to be Thine,
Sin, with its follies, I gladly resign;
All of its pleasures, pomp and its pride,
Give me but Jesus, my Lord crucified,
Give me but Jesus, my Lord crucified.
Nearer, still nearer, while life shall last,
Till safe in glory my anchor is cast;
Thro' endless ages, ever to be,
Nearer, my Savior, still nearer to Thee,
Nearer, my Savior, still nearer to Thee.
Leila Naylor Morris was the author and composer of this hymn. As a child, she lived in Ohio where with her mother and sister, she operated a millinery shop for many years. In 1881, she married Charles H. Morris. She was active in the Methodist Episcopal church and in holiness camp meetings. She was an amazing woman who wrote more than 1000 gospel hymn and continued writing even after her eyesight started to fail. Her son built a 28-foot blackboard with over-sized staff lines, so she could continue to compose. This hymn was first published in 1898 in the Pentecostal Praises Hymnal.