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earer, my God, to thee,
 Nearer to thee!
 Een thought it be a cross
That raiseth thee,
Still all my song would be,
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer to thee!

Though, like the wanderer,
The sun gone down,
Darkness be over me,
My rest a stone;
Yet in my dreams Id be
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer to thee. 

There let the way appear
Steps unto heaven;
All that thou sendst to me
In mercy given,
Angels to beckon me
Nearer, my God to thee,
Nearer to thee.

Then, with my waking thoughts
Bright with thy praise
Out of my stony griefs
Beth-ell Ill raise;
So by my woes to be
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer to thee.

Or if on joyful wing
Cleaving the sky,
Sun, moon, and stars forgot,
Upwards I fly,
Still all my song shall be,
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer to thee!

The hymn was written by Mrs. Sarah F. Adams, 1805-48.  She was a British actress.

This tune is called Bethany, by Lowell Mason. 1856. It is the American tune for this hymn.  There are at least four other tunes for this hymn, the most common within the Anglican Church being Horbury by Rev J B Dykes

This hymn was the last item played by the band on the Titanic shortly before she sank around 2am on the morning of 15th April 1912.  But the tune was probably Bethany, according to some survivors, who heard the tune floating across the water in the still of the clear starry night.

The last verse links quite appropriately to sun, moon, stars and space.

This is the Midi file for this tune
 

 
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