LYRICS 

WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS
THE GREAT PHYSICIAN
ROCK OF AGES
SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER
ABIDE WITH ME

THE HOME

 
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NEAR THE CROSS

 

Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915)                          William H. Doane (1868)

 

Jesus keep me near the Cross;

There a precious fountain.

Free to all a healing stream,

Flows from Calvary’s mountain.

 

            In the Cross, in the Cross,

            Be my glory ever;

            Till my raptured soul shall find

            Rest beyond the river.

 

Near the Cross, a trembling soul,

Love and mercy found me;

There the Bright and Morning Star

Shed its bears around me.

 

Near the Cross! O Lamb of God,

Bring its scenes before me;

Help me walk from day to day,

With its shadow o’er me.

 

Near the Cross I’ll watch and wait,

Hoping, trusting ever,

Till I reach the golden strand

Just beyond the river.

 

 

Author: Fanny J. Crosby, 1820-1915

The author of this song Fenny J. Crosby was born blind.  The American poetess even at the age of eight had showed an extra ordinary poetic talent.  She has written more than 8000 gospel hymns.  Though she has written poems in a variety of subjects, her favorite theme was Heaven and Lord’s Coming.

Her faith in God was unshakeable.  Once a Scotch Minister remarked to her, “I think it is a great pity that the Master, when He showered so many gifts upon you, did not give you sight”.  She quickly replied, “Do you know that if at birth I had been able to make one petition to my Creator, it would have been that I should be born blind”.  The clergyman was surprised and asked her why?  She replied, “Because, when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior”.

Some of the other important hymns of Fenny J. Crosby include “Blessed Assurance”, “My Savior First of All”, “Saved by Grace”, “Rescue the Perishing”‘ and  “The Home Land Shore”.

 

Composer: William H. Doane, 1832-1915

William H Doane the composer of this Hymn was born in Preston, Connecticut on February 3rd 1832.  Though he was a Factory President, he was interested in Music.  He was one of the leading gospel musicians of his time.  He wrote and published more than 2000 gospel songs and tunes.  Doane was a personal friend of Fanny Crosby and collaborated with her on many of her hymn texts.

 

 

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