Saturday, April 2, 2011

Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross

It is natural, as we approach Easter, to have our thinking centered on the cross and what it means to every believing heart. I have had this hymn playing in my head this week. I suppose it is no surprise that Fanny Crosby wrote this one too.

She collaborated with William Doane once again. This time it was his music that came first. Fanny wrote the lyrics after hearing the melody.

Jesus, keep me near the cross,
There a precious fountain,
Free to all, a healing stream
Flows from Calvary's mountain.

In the cross, in the cross,
Be my glory ever,
Till my ransomed soul shall find
Rest beyond the river.

Near the cross, a trembling soul,
Love and mercy found me;

There the Bright and Morning Star
Shed His beams around me.

Near the cross! O Lamb of God,
Bring its scenes before me;
Help me walk from day to day
With it's 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.

Galatians 6: 14
"But may it never be that I should boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world."



  1. Fanny sure wrote some good ones...

  2. Beautiful. I wasn't sure I knew it until I heard it. That isn't one I remember singing, but I did recognize the tune and the chorus, so I must have at some point.
    Fanny was quite a woman!

  3. A beautiful reminder that our grace is a gift from the One who gave His all to us ~
    Blessings to you, Linda ~
    Wishing you a wonderful Sunday!

  4. Oh Linda, You have a way of posting all my favorites! I hope you don't mind, but I want to post this video on my Elizabeth Prentiss Facebook.

  5. Another great old hymn. Have you see the movie of Fannie's life story? Amazing lady.

    Our Easter music is definitely getting into my "being" - I am singing it all the time in the middle of the night and all day long. Not a bad thing!

  6. oh wow... I just spoke about her life on Sunday to the kids in our church. A true model for us all...