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Hymn/Song Information
eHymnBook # 1172
First Line:
Nearer my God to Thee Nearer to Thee Nearer to
LYRICS
Meter: 6 4 6 4 6 6 4
Writer(s):
Trans/Adapted:
Dates: 1841
Bible Refs: Gen 28:11-12;
LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
    Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
  • A Book of Hymns for Public & Private Dev
  • 1854# 239
  • A Collection of Hymns (Methodist)
  • 1889# 848
  • A Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs (Old German Baptist Brethren Church)
  • 2005# 498
  • Baptist Hymn Book
  • 1962# 598
  • Baptist Hymnal
  • 1956# 322
  • Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland) 1919
  • 1919# 575
  • Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland) 1960
  • 1960# 592
  • Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland) 2000
  • 2000# 656
  • Church Hymnal Revised
  • 1920# 338
  • Common Praise (Anglican C. of Canada)
  • 1998# 538
  • Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern
  • 2000# 526
  • Complete Mission Praise
  • 2000# 482
  • Hymn and Tune Book Methodist Episcopal Church, South
  • 1899# 473
  • Hymns Ancient & Modern
  • 1874# 200
  • Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition
  • 1904# 474
  • Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised
  • 1950# 352
  • Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard
  • 1922# 277
  • Hymns and Psalms with SA Sup.
  • 1983# 451
  • Hymns for Worship and Celebration
  • # 393
  • Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Editi
  • 2000# 466
  • Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition
  • 1996# 348
  • Methodist Hymn Book - Hymns
  • 1954# 468
  • Mirfield Mission Hymn Book
  • 1955# 198
  • Sacred Songs & Solos: Revised and enlarg
  • # 581
  • Sarum Hymnal
  • 1869# 265
  • Songs of Fellowship 2
  • 1998# 940
  • Songs of Praise
  • 1925# 310
  • Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition
  • 1931# 586
  • The Book of Common Praise
  • 1908# 562
  • The Book of Common Praise - Revised
  • 1938# 574
  • The Church Hymnal for the Christian Year
  • 1917# 545
  • The English Hymnal
  • 1906# 444
  • The Golden Hymn Book
  • 1903# 171
  • The Hymn Book of Angl & Unit Ch Canada
  • 1971# 254
  • The Hymnal 1916
  • 1916# 222
  • The Hymnal 1940
  • 1940# 465
  • The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book
  • 1866# 989
  • United Methodist Hymn Book
  • 1989# 528
  • Universal Hymn Book
  • 1885# 518


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    MUSIC
    Name: BETHANY (EXCELSIOR)
    Meter: 6 4 6 4 6 6 6 4
    Writer(s):
    Dates: 1856
    SCORE PREVIEW
    score
    ALTERNATIVE TUNES
    Name meter
    6 4 6 4 6 6 4
    6 4 6 4 6 6 4
    6 4 6 4 6 6 4
    6 4 6 4 6 6 6 4
    6 4 6 4 6 6 4
    6 4 6 4 6 6 4
    6 4 6 4 6 6 4
    6 4 6 4 6 6 6 4
    6 4 6 4 6 6 6 4

    Nearer, my God, to Thee,
    Nearer to Thee:
    E’en though it be a cross
    That raiseth me,
    Still all my song would be,
    |: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,:|
    Nearer to Thee.


    There let the way appear,
    Steps up to 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.


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


    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 to Thee.


    ---Alternative verses---


    Though like a wanderer—
    Daylight all gone,
    Darkness be over me,
    My rest a stone;
    Yet in my dreams I’d be
    |: Nearer, my God, to thee— :|
    Nearer to thee!


    There let the 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!

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