Oh, 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.
Oh, 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 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.
Oh, give me strength to follow, My Master and my Friend.
~John E. Bode