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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Hymns.
I. “Nearer, my God, to Thee”
By Sarah Flower Adams (1805–1848)
 
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 the 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 send’st to 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,
    Upwards I fly;
Still all my song shall be,
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
    Nearer to Thee!        35
 
 
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