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   Hymns of the Christian Church.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Modern Hymns
 
Nearer, My God, to Thee
 
Sarah Flower Adams (1805–1848)
 
 
NEARER, my God, to thee,
  Nearer to thee!
E’en though it be a cross
  That raiseth me,
Still all my song would be,        5
Nearer, my God, to thee,
  Nearer to thee!
 
Though like the wanderer,
  The sun gone down,
Darkness be over me,        10
  My rest a stone,
Yet in my dreams I’d be
Nearer, my God, to thee,
  Nearer to thee.
 
There let the way appear        15
  Steps unto heaven;
All that thou send’st to me
  In mercy given;
Angels to beckon me
Nearer, my God, to thee,        20
  Nearer to thee.
 
Then, with my waking thoughts
  Bright with thy praise,
Out of my stony griefs
  Bethel I’ll raise;        25
So by my woes to be
Nearer, my God, to thee,
  Nearer to thee.
 
Or if on joyful wing
  Cleaving the sky,        30
Sun, moon, and stars forgot,
  Upwards I fly,
Still all my song shall be,
Nearer, my God, to thee,
  Nearer to thee!        35
 

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