#100 Nearer, My God, to Thee

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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
3. There let the way appear,
Steps unto heav’n;
All that thou sendest me,
In mercy giv’n;
Angels to beckon me

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

5. Or if, on joyful wing
Cleaving the sky,
Sun, moon, and stars forgot,
Upward I fly,
Still all my song shall be

Text: Sarah F. Adams, 1805-1848
Music: attr. to Lowell Mason, 1792-1872

-History: (Source: Wikipedia)

Nearer, My God, to Thee” is a 19th century Christian hymn by Sarah Flower Adams, based loosely on Genesis 28:11–19,[1] the story ofJacob’s dream. Genesis 28:11–12 can be translated as follows: “So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it…”

It is most famous as the alleged last song the band on RMS Titanic played before the ship sank.

The verse was written by the English poet and Unitarian hymn writer Sarah Flower Adams (1805–1848) at her home in Sunnybank, LoughtonEssex, England, in 1841. It was first set to music by Adams’s sister, the composer Eliza Flower, for William Johnson Fox‘s collection Hymns and Anthems.[5]

In the United Kingdom, the hymn is usually associated with the 1861 hymn tuneHorbury” by John Bacchus Dykes, named for a village near Wakefield, England, where Dykes had found “peace and comfort”.[6] In the rest of the world, the hymn is usually sung to the 1856 tune “Bethany” by Lowell MasonMethodists prefer the tune “Propior Deo” (Nearer to God), written by Arthur Sullivan (of Gilbert and Sullivan) in 1872. Sullivan wrote a second setting of the hymn to a tune referred to as “St. Edmund”. Other 19th century settings include those by the Rev. N. S. Godfrey,[7] W. H. Longhurst,[8] Herbert Columbine,[9] Frederic N. Löhr,[10] Thomas Adams,[11] and one composed jointly by William Sterndale Bennett and Otto Goldschmidt.[12] In 1955, the English composer and musicologist Sir Jack Westrup composed a setting in the form of an anthem for four soloists with organ accompaniment.[13]