Nearer, O God, to Thee! Hear Thou our prayer

Nearer, O God, to Thee! Hear Thou our prayer

Author: William Walsham How
Published in 34 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

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1 Nearer, O God, to Thee,
Hear Thou our pray’r;
E’en tho’ a heavy cross,
Fainting we bear;
Still all our pray’r shall be,
Nearer to Thee,
Nearer, O God, to Thee;
Nearer to Thee.

2 If, where they led the Lord,
We, too, are borne;
Planting our steps in His;
Weary and worn;
There let us ever be;
Nearer to Thee;
Nearer, O God, to Thee;
Nearer to Thee.

3 And when Thou, Lord, once more,
Glorious shalt come;
Oh, for a dwelling place
In Thy bright home;
Thro’ all eternity!
Nearer to Thee;
Nearer, O God, to Thee;
Nearer to Thee.

Source: Gloria Deo: a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for Public Worship in all Departments of the Church #118

Author: William Walsham How

How, William Walsham, D.D., son of William Wybergh How, Solicitor, Shrewsbury, was born Dec. 13, 1823, at Shrewsbury, and educated at Shrewsbury School and Wadham College, Oxford (B.A. 1845). Taking Holy Orders in 1846, he became successively Curate of St. George's, Kidderminster, 1846; and of Holy Cross, Shrewsbury, 1848. In 1851 he was preferred to the Rectory of Whittington, Diocese of St. Asaph, becoming Rural Dean in 1853, and Hon. Canon of the Cathedral in 1860. In 1879 he was appointed Rector of St. Andrew's Undershaft, London, and was consecrated Suffragan Bishop for East London, under the title of the Bishop of Bedford, and in 1888 Bishop of Wakefield. Bishop How is the author of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Commen… Go to person page >

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First Line: Nearer, O God, to Thee! Hear Thou our prayer
Author: William Walsham How

Notes

Nearer, my God, to Thee, Hear Thou my prayer. Bishop W. W. How. [Nearness to God desired.] This was written for the 1861 edition of Morrell & How's Psalms & Hymns where it was given as No. 154, a somewhat slightly different version of the same having appeared in Kennedy (1863) a short time before, as:—

"Nearer to Thee, my God,
Still would I rise."

The 1864 text has been repeated in several collections in Great Britain and America. In the Society for Promoting Christian KnowledgeChurch Hymns, 1871, it begins:—

"Nearer, O God, to Thee! Hear Thou my prayer,"

and is accompanied in the folio edition, 1881, with the note:—

"A paraphrase of Mrs. Adams's hymn, expressing more definitely Christian faith, and better adapted for congregational worship."

Although in somewhat extensive use, it is the least musical of Bishop How's hymns.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Instances

Instances (1 - 34 of 34)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A Church of England Hymn Book #334
Children's Hymns with Tunes #d90
Choral Song #d127
Christian Chorals, for the Chapel and Fireside #265Page Scan
Church Hymns with Tunes #438
Gloria Deo: a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for Public Worship in all Departments of the Church #118TextAudioPage Scan
Gloria in Excelsis #d430
Gloria in Excelsis #d266
Good Will Songs: a Compilation of Hymns and Tunes #230Page Scan
Immanuel Hymnal #d293
In Excelsis for School and Chapel #153Page Scan
In Excelsis for School and Chapel. l7th ed. #d161
In Excelsis: hymns with tunes for Christian worship #440aPage Scan
In Excelsis: hymns with tunes for Christian worship #440bPage Scan
Laudes Domini: a selection of spiritual songs ancient and modern #678Page Scan
Laudes Domini: a selection of spiritual songs, ancient and modern for use in the prayer-meeting #313Page Scan
Offices of Worship and Hymns: with tunes, 3rd ed., revised and enlarged #1242Page Scan
Songs for the Lord's House #d274
Songs of Pilgrimage: a hymnal for the churches of Christ (2nd ed.) #1221Page Scan
Songs of Praise and Devotion #d60
Songs of the Christian Life #311Page Scan
Sursum Corda: a book of praise #492aPage Scan
Sursum Corda: a book of praise #492bPage Scan
The Beacon Light #d61
The Canadian Hymnal #d247
The Canadian Hymnal #d247
The Coronation Hymnal #d234
The Friends' Hymnal, a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for the Public Worship of the Society #d405
The Hymnal of Praise #273aPage Scan
The Hymnal of Praise #273bPage Scan
The New Era of Song #d102
The New Hymnary: a collection of hymns and tunes for Sunday Schools #37Page Scan
The New Laudes Domini: a selection of spiritual songs, ancient and modern for use in Baptist churches #693Page Scan
The Shining Strand #d32



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