Nearer, My God, to Thee

Words:6.4.6.4.6.6.6.4 • Sarah Flower Adams (1840), based on Gen 28:10-22; st. 6 Edward H. Bickersteth, Jr. (1876)
Music:BETHANY • Lowell Mason (1856), with historical influences to rhythm

Words

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.
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
  Nearer to Thee!

2.

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.
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
  Nearer to Thee!

3.

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.
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
  Nearer to Thee!

4.

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, my God, to Thee,
  Nearer to Thee!

5.

Or if on joyful wing
  Cleaving the sky,
Sun, moon, and stars forgot,
  Upward I fly:
Still all my song shall be,
Nearer, my God, to Thee.
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
  Nearer to Thee!

(6.)

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.
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
  Nearer to Thee!

Compared to Hymnals

  No. Words Music
Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs 328 Identical Alto sings SOL for second note of measure 10 (“shall” in vs 1) to add fifth to the chord
Songs of Faith and Praise 684 Lacks vss 3, 4, 6;
Changes “the wanderer” to “a wanderer”
Uses dotted rhythm at beginning of phrases;
No rests at ends of phrases
Praise for the Lord 450 Lacks vss 4, 6;
Changes “the wanderer” to “a wanderer”
Uses dotted rhythm at beginning of phrases;
No rests at ends of phrases
Hymns for Worship (Revised) 124 Lacks vss 3, 4, 6;
Changes “the wanderer” to “a wanderer”
Alto sings SOL for second note of measure 10 (“shall” in vs 1) to add fifth to the chord
Songs of the Church 364 Lacks vss 4, 6;
Changes “the wanderer” to “a wanderer”
Uses dotted rhythm at beginning of phrases;
No rests at ends of phrases
Sacred Selections 56 Lacks vss 3, 4, 6;
Changes “the wanderer” to “a wanderer”
Uses dotted rhythm at beginning of phrases
Christian Hymns No. 2 41 Lacks vss 4, 6;
Changes “the wanderer” to “a wanderer”
Uses dotted rhythm at beginning of phrases;
No rests at ends of phrases;
Alto sings SOL for second note of measure 10 (“shall” in vs 1) to add fifth to the chord
Great Songs of the Church No. 2 448 Lacks vss 4, 6;
Changes “the wanderer” to “a wanderer”
Uses dotted rhythm at beginning of phrases;
No rests at ends of phrases

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Through [Jesus] let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name.
— Hebrews 13:15