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.
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.
He Did All In The Name of The Lord
Augusta Barbara Jerger Taylor
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