Nearer, my God, to Thee

Original Text: 
Memories of some Contemporary Poets, ed. Emily Taylor (London: Houlston and Sons, n.d. [1868?]), pp. 132-33. PR 1221 T3 Robarts Library.
1Nearer, my God, to Thee,
2   Nearer to Thee!
3E'en though it be a cross
4   That raiseth me:
5Still all my song shall be
6Nearer, my God! to Thee,
7   Nearer to Thee.
8Though, like the wanderer,
9   The sun gone down,
10Darkness be over me,
11   My rest a stone;
12Yet in my dreams I'd be
13Nearer, my God, to Thee,
14   Nearer to Thee.
15Then let the way appear
16   Steps unto heaven;
17All that Thou sendest me
18   In mercy given:
19Angels to beckon me
20Nearer, my God, to Thee,
21   Nearer to Thee.
22Then with my waking thoughts
23   Bright with Thy praise,
24Out of my stony griefs
25   Bethel I'll raise;
26So by my woes to be
27Nearer, my God, to Thee,
28   Nearer to Thee.
29Or if on joyful wing,
30   Cleaving the sky,
31Sun, moon, and stars forgot,
32   Upward I fly:
33Still all my song shall be,
34Nearer, my God, to Thee,
35   Nearer to Thee.
Publication Start Year: 
Publication Notes: 
Hymns and Anthems, ed. William J. Fox (1841).
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.