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Austin Taylor
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Birth: Oct. 14, 1881
Morgantown
Butler County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jan. 1, 1973
Uvalde
Uvalde County
Texas, USA

Hymn writer, teacher of singing schools, and Music Editor of the Firm Foundation Publishing Co. He wrote "Closer to Thee."

In 1911, he was sitting in his study trying to write a new song. Several attempts had been can in the waste can. A preacher friend came by for a visit and during the conversation picked up one of the discarded sheets. He read it and pronounced it worthwhile, so Taylor decided to go ahead and publish it."

1. Closer to Thee, near to Thy side, Closer, dear Lord, I would abide; Hold me in Thy embrace, 'Neath every smile of grace, Grant me, Thy child, a place Closer to Thee.

2. Closer to Thee, near to Thy breast, Closer to Thee, Lord, let me rest; Guide me when I would stray, Keep me from sin each day, Draw me, dear Lord, I pray, Closer to Thee.

3. Closer to Thee, closer each day, In from the world, draw me away; Let me abide with Thee, Blest Lamb of Calvary, O let me ever be Closer to Thee.

4. Closer to Thee, happy and free, Grant me, O Lord, ever to be; Hear me in every cry, Stand near when I must die, Then take me home on high, Closer to Thee.

A couple of years later, in 1913, one of Taylor's sons wanted to go riding as a passenger on a two-seater airplane with a barnstormer. Taylor said no, but the boy slipped away and started the ride anyway. However, the plane crashed and the son was killed. Shortly afterwards, Taylor produced the song, 'Home on the Banks of the River.' In 1916, he published what is probably his most used song, 'Do All in the Name of the Lord.' Taylor continued to teach singing schools until 1972 when he was 91.
 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Garrard Banks Taylor (1844 - 1929)
  Susan Holloway Taylor (1849 - 1944)
 
 Spouse:
  Augusta Barbara Jerger Taylor (1883 - 1948)*
 
 Children:
  Sidney Merwin Taylor (1923 - 1941)*
 
 Siblings:
  Drusilla Taylor Embry (1870 - 1946)*
  Melinda Jane Taylor Leach (1872 - 1966)*
  Austin Taylor (1881 - 1973)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:

He Did All In The Name of The Lord

 
Burial:
Uvalde Cemetery
Uvalde
Uvalde County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Tom Childers
Record added: Oct 05, 2009
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Austin Taylor
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