Nearer, My God, To Thee

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.
Refrain.

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

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.

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.

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.

Words: Verses 1-5, Sarah F. Adams, 1841; Verse 6 Edward H. Bickersteth, Jr.
Tune:Bethany (Mason)” Lowell Mason, 1856.

Interestingly, in the St. Basil’s Hymnal version of this hymn, the first verse is the same and the remaining verses are completely different. The tune remains the same. This version is as follows:

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!

Deep in Thy Sacred Heart let me abide.
Thou that hast bled for me, sorrowed and died:
Sweet shall my weeping be, grief surely leading me,
Refrain:

Friends may depart from me; night may come down,
Clouds of adversity darken and frown;
Still through my tears I’ll see Hope gently leading me
Refrain:

And when the goal is won, how like a dream,
In the dim retrospect, sorrow will seem.
Sweet will my transport be, Jesus, Thy Face to see,
When I have come, at last,
Nearer to Thee!

This is the text as it appears in  Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867):

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,
Nearer to Thee!

Though, like a wanderer,
The sun gone down,
Darkness comes over me,
My rest a stone;
Yet in my dreams I’d be
Nearer, my God, to Thee!
Nearer to Thee!

There let my way appear
Steps unto Heaven;
All that Thou sendest me
In mercy given;—
Angels to beckon me
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee!

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! Amen.

Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867) provides this Germany translation by the Rev. Theodore Kübler in the margin:

Näher, mein Gott, zu Dir,
Näher zu Dir!
Wenn auch des Kreuzes Last
Lieget auf mir,
Doch will ich singen hier:
Näher, mein Gott, zu Dir,
Näher zu Dir!

Sinkt auch die Sonne hin,
Bin ich allein,
Legt sich mein müdes Haupt
Hin auf den Stein:
O dass ein Traum mich führ
Näher, mein Gott, zu Dir,
Näher zu Dir!

Zeig’ mir die Stufen, die
Himmelan geh’n;
Lass mich in Allem nur
Deine Huld seh’n,-—
Boten, zu winken mir,
Näher, mein Gott, zu Dir,
Näher zu Dir!

Dann wird nach Schlaf und Nacht
Lichthell es seyn,
Und mit verjüngtem Muth
Salb’ ich den Stein;
So hilft auch Trübsal mir
Näher, mein Gott, zu Dir,
Näher zu Dir! Amen.

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About Noah

musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
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