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.
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.

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

This is another Fanny Crosby/William Doane collaboration. In this case, Doane's tune came first, and Crosby's words after. When hymns are composed in this way, the words sometimes seem stilted and unnatural, but not here. Crosby was masterful at hearing the message in the music. She would often say, "That tune says to me ...,", and then write a stirring text. - Great Songs of Faith by Brown & Norton

Ronald Reagan


Beautifully coded and played.... will sing with joyful lips... Jesus keep me the cross.

Pau Chiu Ling

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Praise the Lord in the highest ~

Thank God for Fanny Crosby who had wrote such a wonderful hymn for us.


Kanya Kumari, Tamil Nadu, India

So beautiful....Jesus, My Lord and God, You are the Lover of my soul...


Lagos, Nigeria

My late sweet mum taught me the tune and lyrics of this powerful hymn. I worship God and thank Him for allowing me the pleasure of such a great mother. Thank you.

Salvador Z. Tarun, Jr.

Pittsburgh, Pa, United States

This hymn pours fresh streams of God's grace and love into my soul. It reminds me of the great price His beloved Son has to pay for my sins. I worship and thank the Lord with this hymn.