561. 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.

Refrain:
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
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.

2 There let the way appear, steps unto Heav’n;
All that Thou sendest me, in mercy giv’n;
Angels to beckon me nearer, my God, to Thee. [Refrain]

3 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. [Refrain]

4 Or, if on joyful wing cleaving the sky,
Sun, moon, and stars forgot, upward I’ll fly,
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee. [Refrain]

5 There in my Father’s home, safe and at rest,
There in my Savior’s love, perfectly blest;
Age after age to be nearer, my God, to Thee. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
Title: Nearer, My God, to Thee
Author: Sarah F. Adams (1841)
Author (v. 6): Edward H. Bickersteth, Jr.
Meter: 10.10.12.10
Scripture: Genesis 28:11-12
Source: Timeless Truths (http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Nearer_My_God_to_Thee); The Cyber Hymnal (http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/n/m/nmgtthee.htm); Faith Publishing House, Echoes from Heaven, 1976 (55)
Refrain First Line: Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
Tune Information
Name: BETHANY
Composer: Lowell Mason (1856)
Meter: 10.10.12.10
Key: F Major or modal
Source: Timeless Truths (http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Nearer_My_God_to_Thee); The Cyber Hymnal (http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/n/m/nmgtthee.htm); Faith Publishing House, Echoes from Heaven, 1976 (55)



Media
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Sibelius score: Nearer_My_God_to_Thee.sib (view in Scorch) (http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Nearer_My_God_to_Thee)
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