Nearer, O God, to Thee! Hear Thou our prayer

Nearer, O God, to Thee! Hear Thou our prayer

Author: William Walsham How
Published in 34 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Nearer, O God, to Thee,
Hear Thou our pray’r;
E’en tho’ a heavy cross,
Fainting we bear;
Still all our pray’r shall be,
Nearer to Thee,
Nearer, O God, to Thee;
Nearer to Thee.

2 If, where they led the Lord,
We, too, are borne;
Planting our steps in His;
Weary and worn;
There let us ever be;
Nearer to Thee;
Nearer, O God, to Thee;
Nearer to Thee.

3 And when Thou, Lord, once more,
Glorious shalt come;
Oh, for a dwelling place
In Thy bright home;
Thro’ all eternity!
Nearer to Thee;
Nearer, O God, to Thee;
Nearer to Thee.

Source: Gloria Deo: a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for Public Worship in all Departments of the Church #118

Author: William Walsham How

How, William Walsham, D.D., son of William Wybergh How, Solicitor, Shrewsbury, was born Dec. 13, 1823, at Shrewsbury, and educated at Shrewsbury School and Wadham College, Oxford (B.A. 1845). Taking Holy Orders in 1846, he became successively Curate of St. George's, Kidderminster, 1846; and of Holy Cross, Shrewsbury, 1848. In 1851 he was preferred to the Rectory of Whittington, Diocese of St. Asaph, becoming Rural Dean in 1853, and Hon. Canon of the Cathedral in 1860. In 1879 he was appointed Rector of St. Andrew's Undershaft, London, and was consecrated Suffragan Bishop for East London, under the title of the Bishop of Bedford, and in 1888 Bishop of Wakefield. Bishop How is the author of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Commen… Go to person page >

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First Line: Nearer, O God, to Thee! Hear Thou our prayer
Author: William Walsham How

Notes

Nearer, my God, to Thee, Hear Thou my prayer. Bishop W. W. How. [Nearness to God desired.] This was written for the 1861 edition of Morrell & How's Psalms & Hymns where it was given as No. 154, a somewhat slightly different version of the same having appeared in Kennedy (1863) a short time before, as:—
"Nearer to Thee, my God, Still would I rise."
The 1864 text has been repeated in several collections in Great Britain and America. In the Society for Promoting Christian KnowledgeChurch Hymns, 1871, it begins:—
"Nearer, O God, to Thee! Hear Thou my prayer,"
and is accompanied in the folio edition, 1881, with the note:—
"A paraphrase of Mrs. Adams's hymn, expressing more definitely Christian faith, and better adapted for congregational worship."
Although in somewhat extensive use, it is the least musical of Bishop How's hymns. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Church of England Hymn Book: adapted to the daily services of the Church throughout the year #334

Children's Hymns with Tunes #d90

Choral Song #d127

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Christian Chorals, for the Chapel and Fireside #265

Church Hymns with Tunes #438

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Gloria Deo: a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for Public Worship in all Departments of the Church #118

Gloria in Excelsis #d430

Gloria in Excelsis #d266

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Good Will Songs: a Compilation of Hymns and Tunes #230

Immanuel Hymnal #d293

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In Excelsis for School and Chapel #153

In Excelsis for School and Chapel. l7th ed. #d161

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In Excelsis: hymns with tunes for Christian worship #440a

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In Excelsis: hymns with tunes for Christian worship #440b

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Laudes Domini: a selection of spiritual songs ancient and modern #678

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Laudes Domini: a selection of spiritual songs, ancient and modern for use in the prayer-meeting #313

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Offices of Worship and Hymns: with tunes, 3rd ed., revised and enlarged #1242

Songs for the Lord's House #d274

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Songs of Pilgrimage: a hymnal for the churches of Christ (2nd ed.) #1221

Songs of Praise and Devotion #d60

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Songs of the Christian Life #311

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Sursum Corda: a book of praise #492a

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Sursum Corda: a book of praise #492b

The Beacon Light #d61

The Canadian Hymnal #d247

The Canadian Hymnal #d247

The Coronation Hymnal #d234

The Friends' Hymnal, a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for the Public Worship of the Society #d405

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The Hymnal of Praise #273a

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The Hymnal of Praise #273b

The New Era of Song #d102

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The New Hymnary: a collection of hymns and tunes for Sunday Schools #37

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The New Laudes Domini: a selection of spiritual songs, ancient and modern for use in Baptist churches #693

The Shining Strand #d32

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