Nearer, Dear Savior, to Thee

 

Lyrics

  1. 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.

  2. [Chorus]

    Take, oh, take, and cherish me,

    Nearer, dear Savior, to thee.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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,

Text: Joseph L. Townsend, 1849–1942

Music: William Clayson, 1840–1887