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O to be nearer, nearer

O to be nearer, nearer

Author: Fanny J. Crosby
Tune: [Oh, to be nearer, nearer]
Published in 5 hymnals

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Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1. Oh, to be nearer, nearer,
The feet of my Lord and King!
Oh, to enjoy His presence,
And only His love to sing!

Only His love, only His love,
Ever my song shall be:
His wonderful love, preparing above
A robe and a crown for me.

2. Oh, to be nearer, nearer
Communing with Him in prayer!
Oh, to be stronger, stronger,
My burden of toil to bear! [Refrain]

3. Oh, to be nearer, nearer
My Refuge, my Hope, my All!
Oh, to be always ready
To answer my Savior’s call! [Refrain]

4. Oh, for a faith still brighter,
And clearer from day to day!
Oh, to be more like Jesus,
In all that I do and say! [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #5354

Author: Fanny J. Crosby

Pseudonymns: A.V., Mrs. A. E. Andrews, Mrs. E. A. Andrews, Mrs. E. L. Andrews, James L. Black, Henrietta E. Blair, Charles Bruce, Robert Bruce, Leah Carlton, Eleanor Craddock, Lyman G. Cuyler, D.H.W., Ella Dare, Ellen Dare, Mrs. Ellen Douglass, Lizzie Edwards. Miss Grace Elliot, Grace J. Frances, Victoria Frances, Jennie Garnett, Frank Gould, H. D. K., Frances Hope, Annie L. James, Martha J. Lankton [Langton], Grace Lindsey, Maud Marion, Sallie Martin, Wilson Meade, Alice Monteith, Martha C. Oliver, Mrs. N. D. Plume, Kate Smiley, Sallie Smith, J. L. Sterling, John Sterling, Julia Sterling, Ida Scott Taylor, Mary R. Tilden, Hope Tryaway, Carrie M. Wilson, W.H.D. Frances Jane Crosby, the daughter of John and Mercy Crosby, was born in Sout… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O to be nearer, nearer
Author: Fanny J. Crosby
Refrain First Line: Only his love, only his love



The Cyber Hymnal #5354
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