Nearer My God to Thee - alternative and Basilian versions

This is an alternative version of a 19th century hymn by Sarah Fuller Flower Adams that is often used at funerals.

The author of verses 2 and 3 of this version is unknown.  However verse 2 is printed as verse 3 in the Basilian Hymnal printed 1918, copyright in the USA with an imprimatur from the Bishop of Toronto.  This publication lists authors and composers for other hymns, but this one is unattributed, suggesting that the details were unknown even then.

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Online examples of the alternative or St Basil version have not been found - see the main listing for examples using the standard words.


Alternative Version

Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me,
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee.
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee!

Friends may depart from me,
Night may come down,
Clouds of adversity darken and frown:
Still through my tears I'll see
Hope gently leading me ....

What though the shadows fall,
Naught shall I fear;
When darkest seems the night,
Morning is near.
Sweet shall my trusting be,
Sorrow still bringing me ....

Version from St Basil's Hymnal:

Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me,
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee.
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

Deep in thy Sacred Heart, let me abide.
Thou that has bled for me, sorrowed and died.
Sweet shall me weeping be, grief surely leading me,
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

Friends may depart from me, night may come down,
Clouds of adversity darken and frown:
Still through my tears I'll see hope gently leading me ....
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

And when the goal is won, how like a dream,
In the dim retrospect, sorrow will seem.
Sweet will my transports be, Jesus thy face to me
When I have come at last, nearer to thee.

ABC Notation

X: 1
T: Nearer My God To Thee
C: Words: Sarah Flower Adams, 1841.
C: Music: 'Bethany (Mason)' Lowell Mason
M: 4/4
L: 1/4
K: G
"G"B2 "D"A "Em"G | "C"G3/2 E/2 E2 | "G"D2 G1 B | "D"A4 |
w: 1.~Near- er, my God, to Thee, near- er to Thee!
"G"B2 "D"A "Em"G | "C"G>E E2 | "G"(D G) "D"F1 A | "G"G4 |
w: E'en though it be a cross that * rais- eth me,
"G"d2 "C"e "G"d | d>B d2 | "Bm"d2 "C"e "G"d | d>B "D"A2 |
w: Still through my tears I'll see, hope gent-ly lead-ing me,
"G"B2 A1 G |"C" G>E E2 | "G"(D G) "D"F A | "G"G3 z|]
w: Near- er, my God, to Thee, Near- * er to Thee!

Ref:  What is ABC

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