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Words by Sarah F. Adams (1805-1848), 1841. Verse 6 by Edward H. Bickersteth, Jr.Tune: BETHANY by Lowell Mason (1792-1872), 1856Key signature: G major (1 sharp)Time signature: 4/4Meter: 22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.Public DomainOrgan Performance at Hymns Without Words1. 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.2. 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.3. There let the way appear, Steps unto heav’n; All that Thou sendest me, In mercy giv’n; Angels to beckon me Nearer, my God, to Thee.4. 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.5. 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.6. 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.Refrain: Nearer, my God, to Thee, Nearer to Thee!