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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Nearer, My God, to Thee
By Sarah Flower Adams (1805–1848)
 
From ‘Adoration, Aspiration, and Belief’

NEARER, my God, to thee,
      Nearer to thee!
E’en though it be a cross
      That raiseth me;
Still all my song shall be,—        5
Nearer, my God, to thee,
      Nearer to thee!
 
Though, like a 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 sendest 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,
      Upward I fly;
Still all my song shall be,—
Nearer, my God, to thee,
      Nearer to thee!        35
 
 
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