We ask for donations here just twice a year, and this is one of those times. So, before you hit the "close" button on this box, would you consider a donation to keep Hymnary.org going? Even small amounts help, and they also let us know you're behind us and support what we do.

Last month, our Hymnary website had almost 1 million visitors from around the world: people like you who love hymns. To serve our users well takes money, and we have limited sources of revenue. This fund drive is one such source.

You can make your tax-deductible contribution by sending a check to Hymnary.org at 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, or you can click the Donate button below. From the entire Hymnary.org team, our grateful thanks.

I'm Nearer My Home Today

There are mansions in the skies

Author: George Gill
Published in 3 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 There are mansions in the skies,
Thither my affections rise,
I'm nearer my home today!
To that bright and holy land,
I with faith pursue my way,
Led and kept by God's right hand,
I'm nearer my home today.

Nearer my home,
Nearer my home,
Nearer my home today;
Nearer my home,
Nearer my home,
I'm near my home today.

2 Now with joyous strain I sing!
Death shall lose its power to sting,
I'm nearer my home today!
Fleeting pleasures wing their flight,
Earthly joys all fade away,
Now I deem my sorrows light,
I'm nearer my home today. [Refrain]

3 To my Father's house I haste,
Purer joys I there shall taste,
I'm nearer my home today!
There a welcome he will give,
Then my tears he'll wipe away;
In his love my soul shall live,
I'm nearer my home today. [Refrain]

4 Where the ransomed rest at home,
Where nor pain, nor sorrows come,
I'm nearer my home today!
Where the white-robed glorious throng,
Spend the long eternal day,
Praising Christ in endless song!
I'm nearer my home today. [Refrain]

Source: Calvary Songs #160

Author: George Gill

Gill, George, son of William Gill, was born at Tiverton, Devonshire, Jan. 23, 1820, and was for some time a missionary in the South Sea Islands. His hymn, "Beautiful Zion, built above " (Heaven), was "written" the author says, "on the island of Mangaia, South Seas, April, 1850." It was printed in the Juvenile Missionary Magazine in 1852. His re-written form of Phoebe Cary’s “One Sweetly Solemn Thought” beginning “this sweetly solemn thought” is dated 1861 and also appeared in the Juvenile Missionary Magazine, Gill left the South Sea in 1860, and in 1861 became pastor of Wesgate Congregational Chapel, Burnley. He died Aug. 19, 1880. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: There are mansions in the skies
Title: I'm Nearer My Home Today
Author: George Gill
Refrain First Line: Nearer my home
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 3 of 3)
TextAudioPage Scan

Calvary Songs #160

Calvary Songs for Sunday School & Families. Words ed. #d176

Page Scan

International Praise #80

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us


It looks like you are using an ad-blocker. Ad revenue helps keep us running. Please consider white-listing Hymnary.org or subscribing to eliminate ads entirely and help support Hymnary.org.