Nearer, my God, to Thee

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Nearer, my God, to Thee,
  Nearer to Thee;
E’en though it be a cross
  That raiseth me,
Still all my song shall be
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
  Nearer to Thee.
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Though, like a wanderer,
  The sun gone down,
Darkness comes over me,
  My rest a stone;
Yet in my dreams I’d be
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
  Nearer to Thee.
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There let me see the sight,
  An open heaven;
All that Thou sendest me,
  In mercy given;
Angels to beckon me
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
  Nearer to Thee.
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Then, with my waking thoughts
  Bright with Thy praise,
Out of my stony griefs
  Bethel I’ll raise,
So by my woes to be
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
  Nearer to Thee.
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Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

In the Johnstown City flood of 1889, a train rushed into the swirling water. A woman on her way to be a missionary was caught in a doomed rail car. She began singing this song and was joined by helpless rescuers on shore as they saw her swept away to her death in the flood. - Songs of the Spirit by Martin


Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

Sarah Adams' mother died when she was only 5. At 32, as an actress playing Lady Macbeth in London's Richmond Theater, she said farewell to the stage. She wanted to continue, but her health was failing. The health of her sister was also poor, and Adams feared the day when she would have to bid her farewell. She began to question her faith. Why did God seem so far away?

When Adams' pastor asked her and her sister to help him prepare a hymnal, the two responded eagerly, writing 13 texts and 62 new tunes. As the sisters were finishing their work, their pastor mentioned that he was planning a sermon about Jacob's dream of a ladder ascending to heaven and he needed an appropriate hymn. Adams soon completed the 5 stanzas of "Nearer, My God, to Thee." - Great Songs of Faith by Brown & Norton

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The 1st 2 lines of stanza 3 in the original are:

Then let the way the way appear

steps unto heav'n

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The 5th stanza is:

Or if on joyful wing,

cleaving the sky,

Sun, moon, and stars forgot,

upward I fly.

Still all my song shall be

nearer, my God, to Thee,

Nearer, my God to Thee,

nearer to Thee.

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The end of the Wikipedia entry on this hymn gives a lot of history on the famous uses of this hymn besides being the last song played on the sinking Titanic.


Chang Yan Yee

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This hymn portrays the experience of Jacob when he left his home to go to his uncle, Laban's house. We see a lonely Jacob...and a lonely God who desires a home....They both found each other.


jenina

Binan, Laguna, Philippines

I like this song because of its lyrical value. It sounds sad because when I watched the violinist playing this music, I felt like I liked to cry.


Nathan Anderson

United States

The words are so true in my life at this time...


Bill Wang

Shanghai, China

I learned this song in my Bible Study of my fellowship. some guy told us the song was heared from the movie,"tatanic". In that accidence of big ship, some of violiner played this song to face the terrible bale. also, I was moved deeply. I knew it's from God. I'm sure I want to be nearer to God, my father. anyway, the long way to go, and I'm still so sin to face the whole glory of God, but I believe it will be realizen to be nearer with God.


Ae-Yeong Kim

London

I love the text as explained what I really want to be as a Christian. it tells me who I am in this world.