Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross
Fanny Crosby 1820-1913
William Doane was a friend of Fanny Crosby and wrote the music for this hymn before the lyrics were written. He asked her if the music said anything to her and the words of this hymn were born.
She was reminded of the Cross and the Hope it brings to our everyday lives. May this be our prayer that we can stay near the cross, “till my raptured soul shall find Rest beyond the river”.
Jesus, keep me near the cross, There a precious fountain— Free to all, a healing stream— Flows from Calv’ry’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.
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.
Near the cross I’ll watch and wait Hoping, trusting ever, Till I reach the golden strand, Just beyond the river.