Nearer, my God, to Thee

1
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.
2
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.
3
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.
4
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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Joseph Githae Gitaka

Nairobi, Kenya

A very spiritually nourishing song


Ana Lara

Storrs, Connecticut, United States

In English churches since 1861, this hymn was and may still be sung to “Horbury, ” composed by Reverend John B Dykes, and “Saint Edmund, ” by Sir Arthur Sullivan. Both tunes are simple and appropriate but this hymn eventually became best known by a single tune voice, so that its music instantly names it by its words when played on instruments. Such a voice was given it by Lowell Mason’s “Bethany, ” 1856. Why not “Bethel, “ instead? Everyone who notes the imagery of the words must wonder. “Bethany” appealed to the heart of the believer and long ago in America, hymn and tune became inseparable. It is even simpler than the English tunes and a single hearing fixes it in memory.


Faith Kerubo

Nairobi, Rift Valley, Kenya

Awesome song


Tande Reckley

Chesapeake, Virginia, United States

This is the story of Jacob's ladder! Our Lord gives us eternal hope in the sadness of life.


Olore

Port Harcourt, RI, Nigeria

May we live nearer to our maker every day in Jesus name 🙏


Chilot

Rwebisengo Town, Uganda

Makes me feel touched to all mi dearest ones most especially mi Grandma, Grandpa, Bro. to mi Mum n all mi loved ones. One day One time we'll be together.


Anonymous

I've come to love old hymnals - this is one of my favorites that moves me. I don't care much for the new age rock and roll hip hop of the new emerging style churches, so I find myself always searching for the Spiritual songs of old, as part of the remnant church in these last days.

God bless you for putting this together, and I'll see you in the air, soon!

Found wayward daughter...


Anonymous

I was at a memorial set up two days after a siege in Sydney where people were held and killed. It was near Christmas and the Salvation Army Band were playing this hymn instead of normal carols. No one was talking (and there was a big crowd as you can imagine) and the atmosphere was amazingly peaceful and comforting. I was trying to keep my crying under control.


Ikeaghe Abel

Igando, Lagos State, Nigeria

Thank you JESUS


Katakyie Kesse-Tachi

Accra, Ghana

My lifetime prayer Lord.