If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.@Matthew 16:24
Phoebe P. Knapp (1839–1908)

Fanny Crosby, in The Lesser Hymnal (New York/Cincinnati, Ohio: Hitchcock & Walden/Nelson & Phillips, 1875), number 341.

Phoebe P. Knapp (🔊 pdf nwc).

Fanny Crosby (1820–1915)

Nearer the cross! my heart can say
I am coming nearer,
Nearer the cross from day to day,
I am coming nearer;
Nearer the cross where Jesus died,
Nearer the fountain’s crimson tide,
Nearer my Savior’s wounded side,
I am coming nearer, I am coming nearer.

Nearer the Christian’s mercy seat,
I am coming nearer;
Feasting my soul on manna sweet
I am coming nearer;
Stronger in faith, more clear I see
Jesus who gave Himself for me;
Nearer to Him I still would be,
Still I’m coming nearer
Still I’m coming nearer.

Nearer in prayer my hope aspires,
I am coming nearer;
Deeper the love my soul desires,
I am coming nearer;
Nearer the end of toil and care,
Nearer the joy I long to share,
Nearer the crown I soon shall wear;
I am coming nearer;
I am coming nearer.