Near the Cross (Hymn)

Near the Cross
Fanny Crosby (1869)

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

Refrain
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.

Refrain

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.

Refrain

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

Refrain

Fanny Crosby wrote a great number of hymns during her lifetime and this is one of my favorites.  Every verse is so powerful that they almost need to be meditated on separately.  It is so true that, as Christians, we need to keep ourselves “near the cross.”  That will help us every day and will solve many of life’s problems.  What a great hymn!  I think I’ll read it through again!

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