Nearer, My God, to Thee

Nearer, my God, to Thee, Nearer to Thee, Through word and sacrament

Author: Henry Eyster Jacobs
Published in 12 hymnals

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1 Nearer, my God, to Thee!
Nearer to Thee!
Through Word and Sacrament,
Thou com'st to me.
Thy grace is ever near,
Thy Spirit ever here,
Drawing to Thee.

2 Ages on ages rolled,
Ere earth appeared,
Yet Thine unmeasured love
The way prepared;
Long hast Thou yearned for me,
That I might nearer be,
Nearer to Thee!

3 Thy Son has come to earth,
My sin to bear,
My every wound to heal,
My pain to share.
"God in the flesh" for me,
Brings me now nearer Thee,
Nearer to Thee!

4 Lo! all my debt is paid,
My guilt is gone,
See! He has risen for me,
My throne is won.
Thanks, O my God, to Thee!
None now an nearer be,
Nearer to Thee!

5 Welcome, then, to Thy home,
Blest One in Three!
As Thou hast promised, come!
Come, Lord, to me!
Work Thou, O God, through me,
Live Thou, O God, in me,
Ever in me!

6 Surely, it matters not
What earth may bring;
Death is of no account;
Grace will I sing.
Nothing remains for me
Save to be nearer Thee,
Nearer to Thee!


Source: Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church #336

Author: Henry Eyster Jacobs

Born: November 10, 1844, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Died: July 7, 1932, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Buried: Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Eyster was a graduate of Gettysburg College (1862), and Gettysburg Seminary (1865). While at seminary, he served on the United States Christian Commission in Virginia and Maryland (1864-65). He also attended Thiel College, Greenville, Pennsylvania (DD 1877, LLD 1892) and Muhlenberg College (STD 1907). He later served as principal of Thiel Hall, Monaca, Pennsylvania; as Franklin Professor of Latin and History at the Ministerium of Pennsylvania, Gettysburg College (1870-80); and president of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His works include: The Luth… Go to person page >

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First Line: Nearer, my God, to Thee, Nearer to Thee, Through word and sacrament
Title: Nearer, My God, to Thee
Author: Henry Eyster Jacobs
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church #336

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Hymnal for the Sunday School #182

Hymnal for the Sunday School. Rev. #d129

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Hymnal #282

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Lutherförbundets Sångbok #E119

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Sunday-School Book #65

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The Book of Worship #345

The Luther League Hymn Book #d107

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The Parish School Hymnal #217

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