Nearer, my God, to Thee

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Lyricist Sarah Flower Adams. Published in Hymns and Anthems, by William Johnson Fox, 1841.

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1  Nearer, my God, to Thee,
 Nearer to Thee!
 E'en though it be a cross
 That raiseth me,
 Still all my song would be,
 Nearer, my God, to Thee,
 Nearer to Thee.

2  Though, like the wanderer,
 The sun gone down,
 Darkness be over me,
 My rest a stone,
 Yet in my dreams I'd be
 Nearer, my God, to Thee,
 Nearer to Thee.


3  There let my way appear
 Steps into heaven,
 All that Thou send'st to me
 In mercy given,
 Angels to beckon me
 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 to Thee.


5  Or if on joyful wing
 Cleaving the sky,
 Sun, moon and stars forgot,
 Upwards I fly,
 Still all my song shall be,
 Nearer, my God, to Thee,
 Nearer to Thee.


 

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