Words by: Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915)
Music by: William H. Doane (1832-1915)
One of the most loved of Aunt Fanny’s 8,000 hymns was “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross”, which she co-wrote with William Doane. Doane wrote the music first, and then Crosby penned the words we know so well. Her words show the familiarity she felt with her Lord: from the ‘beams’ around her (verse 2), to the cross’ ‘shadow’ over her (verse 3), senses that were sharpened as she pondered the sight she lacked here on earth, but would inherit to see Him in Eternity.
Hymns of Glorious Praise, Springfield, Missouri: Gospel Publishing House, 1969.
Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915) William H. Doane (1832-1915)
LYRICS: Near the Cross
1. 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 raptured soul shall find Rest beyond the river.
2. Near the cross, a trembling soul, Love and mercy found me; There the bright and morning star Sheds its beams around me.
3. Near the cross! O Lamb of God, Bring its scenes before me; Help me walk from day to day, With its shadows o’er me.
4. Near the cross I’ll watch and wait Hoping, trusting ever, Till I reach the golden strand, Just beyond the river.