Scripture Verse

The angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. Revelation 22:1–2

Introduction

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Fanny Crosby (1820–1915)

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, in Bright Jew­els, by Will­iam B. Brad­bu­ry (New York: Big­low & Main, 1869), page 130.

Music: Near the Cross W. How­ard Doane (🔊 pdf nwc).

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W. Howard Doane (1832–1915)

Like many other hymns by this author, the words were written to a tune already composed by Mr. Doane, and at his request. The words and tune are remarkably well adapted to each other, and the hymn will continue to be used long after many more pretentious ones have been forgotten.

Sankey, p. 332

Lyrics

Jesus, keep me near the cross,
There a pre­cious foun­tain
Free to all, a heal­ing stream
Flows from Cal­va­ry’s mount­ain.

Refrain

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
Sheds its beams around me.

Refrain

Near the cross! O Lamb of God,
Bring its scenes be­fore me;
Help me walk from day to day,
With its sha­dows o’er me.

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Near the cross I’ll watch and wait
Hoping, trust­ing ev­er,
Till I reach the gold­en strand,
Just be­yond the ri­ver.

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