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.
Anyanwu Augustus

Portharcourt, Rivers, Nigeria

Today the 5th of December 2023, I came across this hymnal. The tone is familiar yet the lyrics seems I've never met it in my Christian soujourn.

I am melted and encouraged in my spirit.

Seems the earth went void again after the fall of man in Eden.

I must not miss heaven!

Makeyah Daurham

New Orleans, LA, United States

I remember as a young girl my mother, RIP singing this hymn, I’m 72 & it brought tears to my eyes as it was sang in church service today because, I hadn’t heard it since then. 🙏🏽


Lagos, Nigeria

I was in a disciple class today and this song was sang, the cross is really a place of death, where we die to our flesh and human nature and completely take up the new life in Christ Jesus

Sabanet D. Stephen

Kaduna, Nigeria

Thank you Anna Lary for this complimentary notes about the hymn. It makes it all the more lovable

John Olutunde Ajayi

Badagry, Lagos, Nigeria

Glory be to God in the highest for the gift of life. It was when l could not find the stipulated hymn on my quiet time Devotional that I was moved to discover the hymn. What a joy filled my soul! Thank you Jesus

George Okeyo

Nakuru, Salgaa, Kenya

I will always love this song, God bless.


Thank you for this sacred song. It's precious time I am sitting nearby cross close to Jesus

Anjali McGee

London, United Kingdom

This song brings God's presence with me whenever I sing it...

Ana Lara

Storrs, Connecticut, United States

This hymn is one of the best, and probably most enduring of Fanny J. Crosby‘s sacred lyrics. It was inspired by Colossians 1:29:

“For which also I labor, struggling according to His operation which operates in me in power. “

Francis Jane Crosby, the blind poet and hymnodist, was born in Southeast New York, March 24, 1820. She lost her eyesight at the age of six. She spent 12 years at the New York

Institute for the Blind where she became a teacher, and in 1858 married fellow student, Mr. Alexander Van Alstyne, a musician.

They had a baby girl but she died in her sleep not long after being born.

While George F. Root was the musical instructor at the institution, Fanny wrote the words to his popular song-tunes. “Rosalie, the prairie-flower, ” and the long favorite melody, “There’s music in the air” being among the many to which she supplied the text and the song name.

Her latter years were lived out in Bridgeport Connecticut, where she enjoyed a serene and happy old age until her death at age 94. She wrote over 8, 000 hymns and gospel songs with more than 100 million copies printed.

The tune for this hymn was composed by William Howard Doane. He and Fanny collaborated in writing over 1, 000 hymns. Sometimes William wrote the tune first and then she would be inspired to write the text . Other times Fanny wrote the lyrics first and he would then compose the music. They worked together for many years. Both died in 1915 within months of each other.

Brown and Butterworth


Gainesville, TX, United States

This hymn came to mind this morning as I was beginning my quiet time. I couldn't bring all of the words to mind, but searching brought me here. Jesus, please keep me near the cross. Amen.