Nearer, Dear Savior, to Thee

Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


Prayerfully

1. Nearer, dear Savior, to thee,

Nearer, nearer to thee—

Ever I’m striving to be

Nearer, yet nearer to thee!

Trusting, in thee I confide;

Hoping, in thee I abide.

[Chorus]

Take, oh, take, and cherish me,

Nearer, dear Savior, to thee.

2. Nearer, dear Savior, to thee,

Nearer, nearer to thee—

Proved by my trials, I’ll be

Nearer, yet nearer to thee!

Humbly I come to thee now;

Earnest, I prayerfully bow.

[Chorus]

Take, oh, take, and cherish me,

Nearer, dear Savior, to thee.

3. Nearer, dear Savior, to thee,

Nearer, nearer to thee—

Ever my anthem will be

Nearer, yet nearer to thee!

Loving thee, ever I pray,

Aid me thy will to obey.

[Chorus]

Take, oh, take, and cherish me,

Nearer, dear Savior, to thee.

4. Nearer, dear Savior, to thee,

Nearer, nearer to thee—

Let me by holiness be

Nearer, yet nearer to thee!

When all my trials are done,

When my reward I have won,

[Chorus]

Take, oh, take, and cherish me,

Nearer, dear Savior, to thee.

Text: Joseph L. Townsend, 1849–1942

Music: William Clayson, 1840–1887

Psalm 145:18–20

Doctrine and Covenants 88:63

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