Jesus, keep me near the cross

Jesus, keep me near the cross,
  There a precious fountain,
Free to all—a healing stream,
  Flows from Calv'ry's mountain.
  In the cross, in the cross,
  Be my glory ever;
From the cross my ransomed soul
    Nothing then shall sever.
Near the cross, a trembling soul,
  Love and mercy found me;
There the Bright and Morning Star
  Sheds its beams around me.
Near the cross! O Lamb of God,
  Bring its scenes before me;
Help me walk from day to day,
  With its shadow o'er me.
Near the cross I'll watch and wait,
  Hoping, trusting ever,
Till I see my Savior's face,
  Leave His presence never.

Lagos, Nigeria

The original words of the hymn are deeply inspiring. The fourth stanza states -

Near the cross I'll watch and wait,

Hoping Trusting Ever

Till I reach the golden strand,

Just beyond the river.

And the chorus states-

In the cross, in the cross

Be my glory ever

Till my raptured soul shall find

Rest beyond the river.

Kehinde Paul

Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

Please I'd like to know how to play piano. Also we be use in our church. Thanks.

Great job.


Accra, Ghana

I really like this song. God bless you.

Salami Bolaji

Tamale, Northern Region

The hymn is deeply inspiring, reminding me always where my glory lies. But why did you change the chorus, pls can we know?

Mark Sidney

New Douglas, IL

I love this hymn! But where did you find your version of the chorus. It doesn't come from Fanny Crosby who wrote the song. Just wondering. When I did our church bulletin for tonight I did not catch that difference in time. And I do prefer Fanny Crosby's word. God bless.

Paul Kehyee


My strength is renewed when ever I listen to these inspire words, this must be the going of the Holy Spirit. The cross is our path to destiny and the hope for eternity. God bless the writer.

Isaiah Thomas

Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States

I remember the late Pentecostal Apostolic Bishop David L. Ellis used to sing this hymn all the time and even recorded different versions of it on his Traditional Gospel albums in the 1990's. May the legacy of the man who wrote this beautiful hymn live on forever!


Western Region, Ghana

God bless you for singing such a song.


Luanshya, Copperbelt, Zambia

I always feel humbled when I think of the writer of this song. I have always shared the testimony of the writer of this song to many. May the Lord bless more as they sing this song.

Edward M. Kerkulah Jr

Monrovia, Liberia

Thanks be to God for His blessing and mercy upon me every day of my life. I will keep on serving Him till I see His face. God bless the writer of this song. This song keep holding me, and I do believe that there is a true living God.