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Composer: Cleland Boyd McAfee

Cleland Boyd McAfee (September 25, 1866 – February 4, 1944) was an American theologian, Presbyterian minister and hymn writer, best known for penning the gospel hymn, "Near to the Heart of God," and its tune called "McAfee". He wrote the song after the concurrent deaths of two of his young nieces, caused by diphtheria. McAfee was born in Ashley Missouri, in 1866, as one of five children. His father, John A. McAfee, was the founder of Park College in Parkville, Missouri. The younger McAfee graduated from Park College in 1884, and later graduated from Union Theological Seminary in New York. McAfee went on to serve as a professor of philosophy, choir director, pastor and dean of Park College until 1901, when he left to minister at the Fir… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Cleland Boyd McAfee (1901)
Meter: D
Incipit: 33233 43422 25433
Key: D♭ Major/D Major
Copyright: Public Domain


Baptist Hymnal 1991 #295
Text: Near to the Heart of God
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #354
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #4513
Text: Near to the Heart of God
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #4953
Text: O Heavy Burdened, Weary One
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The United Methodist Hymnal #472
Text: Near to the Heart of God
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)


Instances (1 - 31 of 31)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #586
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #295TextAudioPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #458TextFlexscorePage Scan
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #383TextFlexscorePage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #581TextPage Scan
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #354ScoreAudio
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #824Text InfoTextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Hinário para o Culto Cristão #393
Hymnal: A Worship Book #5
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #387Text
Hymns of Faith #366TextPage Scan
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #410
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #527TextFlexscorePage Scan
Rejoice Hymns #510
Sheng tu shi ge = Hymnary (聖徒詩歌) #355
Sheng tu shi ge = Hymnary (聖徒詩歌) #375
Sing Joyfully #433TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #454Audio
Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #118
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #617TextFlexscorePage Scan
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #85
The Cyber Hymnal #4513TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4953TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #497TextPage Scan
The New National Baptist Hymnal #426
The United Methodist Hymnal #472TextFlexscoreAudio
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #230
The Worshiping Church #542TextPage Scan
Timeless Truths #497Text
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #326
찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship: the Korean-English Presbyterian hymnal and service book #324
Include 28 pre-1979 instances
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