Scripture Verse

Who is he who will devote himself to be close to Me? Jeremiah 30:21


Words: Mrs. A. P. Jer­vis, in Gos­pel Songs and Hymns No. 1, ed­it­ed by George B. Hol­sing­er (Bridge­wa­ter, Vir­gin­ia: George B. Hol­sing­er, 1898), num­ber 149.

Music: Jung­frau Charles E. Pol­lock (🔊 pdf nwc). For male voic­es.

If you know Jer­vis’ full name, or where to get a good pho­to of her or Pol­lock,


Nearer, my God, to Thee,
This is my prayer;
Nearer Thy bleeding side,
Kept by Thy care;
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Whate’er betide;
Nearer the saving cross,
Where Je­sus died.

Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Throughout each day;
Teach how to keep Thy laws,
Teach how to pray;
Jesus, dear ris­en Lord,
This is my plea;
Draw me, by love divine,
Nearer to Thee.

Fill this poor heart with love,
This tongue with praise;
So I may tell Thy power,
Through all my days;
Daily my will and choice,
I would resign
Till all my life is lost,
Savior, in Thine.

Then, when Heav’n’s glories burst
All on my sight,
When I behold the Lamb
Who is the light,
Then from my raptured heart
Will burst my plea,
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee.