Jesus, keep me near the cross

Jesus, keep me near the cross. Fanny Crosby* (1820-1915). Written in 1869 to fit a tune by William Howard Doane*, now called NEAR THE CROSS. It has a characteristic Crosby refrain, linking the repetition of ‘in the cross’ with the promise of a life in heaven: In the cross, in the cross, Be my glory ever; Till my raptured soul shall find Rest beyond the river. The four stanzas were: Jesus, keep me near the Cross:  There a precious fountain,Free to all - a healing stream -  Flows from Calvary’s mountain. Near the Cross, a trembling soul,  Love and mercy found me;There the Bright and Morning Star  Shed its beams around me. Near the Cross! O Lamb of God,  Bring its scenes before me;Help me...

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