Oh to Grace, How great a Debtor…

“When this passing world is done,
When has sunk yon glaring sun,
When I stand with Christ in glory,
Looking o’er life’s finished story,
Then, Lord, shall I fully know—
Not till then—-how much I owe.”

Robert Murray McCheyne

Nearer My God to Thee


Sarah F. Adams
1805-1848
Poet, Hymnwriter

This hymn is loosely based on Genesis 28:11-19, Jacob’s dream. It was published in Hymns and Anthems by William Johnson Fox, 7 years before Sarah died of tuberculosis.
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Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me,
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee.

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Nearer, my God, to Thee,Nearer to Thee!
Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down,
Darkness be over me, my rest a stone.
Yet in my dreams I’d be nearer, my God to Thee.

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There let the way appear, steps unto Heav’n;
All that Thou sendest me, in mercy given;
Angels to beckon me nearer, my God, to Thee.

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Then, with my waking thoughts bright with Thy praise,
Out of my stony griefs Bethel I’ll raise;
So by my woes to be nearer, my God, to Thee.

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Or, if on joyful wing cleaving the sky,
Sun, moon, and stars forgot,upward I’ll fly,
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee.

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There in my Father’s home, safe and at rest,
There in my Savior’s love, perfectly blest;
Age after age to be, nearer my God to Thee.

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