fanny-crosby.jpg Fanny Crosby was one of the most prolific hymnists in history — among the more than 8,000 hymns she wrote was this week’s selection in my series, Then Sings My Soul: The Hymns of My Youth. She wrote “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross” in 1869.

This is another one for which I have recollections of congregational singing that echoes in my ears when I reflect on the lyrics. Some boisterous slightly off-key voice pronounces itself just above the others in singing “Bee my glooory eeeeeevverr” and “Rest beyond the riiIIIIII-iiiiivverrr.” This hymn isn’t really a stand-out one for me in terms of theology or significant associations, but it’s one of those odd ones that sticks in my memory with its tune that can sometimes ear-worm itself into sticking longer than you’d really wanted it to.

Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross

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.

Near the cross, a trembling soul,
Love and mercy found me;
There the bright and morning star
Sheds its beams around me.


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.


Near the cross I’ll watch and wait
Hoping, trusting ever,
Till I reach the golden strand,
Just beyond the river.


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