Nearer My God, To Thee

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Melody - "Bethany", Lowell Mason, 1856
Melody (No repeat) -"Horbury", John Bacchus Dykes, 1823-1876
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Sarah F. Adams, 1841

Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee!
E'en tho' it be a cross
That raiseth me;
Still all my song shall be,
|: Nearer, my God, to Thee! :|
Nearer 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, :|
Nearer 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! :|
Nearer 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! :|
Nearer to Thee!

5. Or if on joyful wing,
Cleaving the sky,
Sun, moon, and stars forgot,
Upward I fly,
Still all my song shall be,
|: Nearer, my God, to Thee, :|
Nearer to Thee.


In America, Bethany is the melody that most are familiar with. In England, Horbury is the associated tune. Here comes the real dilemma, when the Titanic sank, which melody did they play? The movie version lead you to believe it was Bethany, but the musicians were British and probably never had heard that melody.

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