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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