Nearer, Still Nearer

Words:9.10.9.10 • Lelia N. Morris (1898)
Music:MORRIS • Lelia N. Morris (1898)

Words

1.

Nearer, still nearer, close to Thy heart,
Draw me, my Savior, so precious Thou art;
Fold me, O fold me, close to Thy breast,
Shelter me safe in that haven of rest,
Shelter me safe in that haven of rest.

2.

Nearer, still nearer, nothing I bring,
Naught as an off’ring to Jesus my king,
Only my sinful, now contrite heart,
Grant me the cleansing Thy blood doth impart,
Grant me the cleansing Thy blood doth impart.

3.

Nearer, still nearer, Lord, to be Thine,
Sin, with its follies, I gladly resign,
All of its pleasures, pomp and its pride,
Give me but Jesus, my Lord crucified,
Give me but Jesus, my Lord crucified.

4.

Nearer, still nearer, while life shall last,
Till safe in glory my anchor is cast;
Thro’ endless ages, ever to be,
Nearer, my Savior, still nearer to Thee,
Nearer, my Savior, still nearer to Thee.

Compared to Hymnals

  No. Words Music
Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs 325 Identical Key of D instead of D♭;
Omits optional bass run in measure 8
Songs of Faith and Praise 478 Identical Omits optional bass run in measure 8
Praise for the Lord 436 Identical Omits optional bass run in measure 8
Hymns for Worship (Revised) 125 Identical Key of D instead of D♭;
Omits optional bass run in measure 8
Songs of the Church 365 Identical Identical
Sacred Selections 144 Identical Identical
Christian Hymns No. 2 n/a
Great Songs of the Church No. 2 449 Identical Identical

Sources

Originally published in Pentecostal Praises (1898), with slightly different (and inferrior) words for verse 4:

Original publication in “Pentecostal Praises”, 1898

It is unclear when verse 4 was revised, but it seems to have occurred within 5 years. The improved version of verse 4 can be seen here in Devotional Songs (1903):

Revision of verse 4 as seen in Devotional Songs”, 1903

References

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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