Lent, Day 8

LOOK: Mount Calvary by William H. Johnson

Johnson, William H._Mount Calvary
William H. Johnson (American, 1901–1970), Mount Calvary, ca. 1944. Oil on paperboard, 27 3/4 × 33 3/8 in. (70.5 × 84.9 cm). Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC.

LISTEN: “Draw Me Nearer” (I Am Thine, O Lord) | Words by Fanny Crosby, 1875 | Music by William H. Doane, 1875 | Performed by Nina Simone on Let It All Out, 1966

I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith,
And be closer drawn to Thee.

[Refrain] Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,
To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.

Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
By the pow’r of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
And my will be lost in Thine.

2 thoughts on “Lent, Day 8

  1. William Johnson’s art is powerful and delicate at the same time. No voice like that of Nina Simone to express the depth of the lyrics. Thank you.


  2. Victoria
    I appreciate so much all the work you have done/are doing to put these posts together. They are eclectic/inclusive and far reaching – bringing old and new arts to the table for us to feast on. Thank you.


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