Jesus, keep me near the cross (Charles H. Giffen)
- Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2009-03-23). Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 134 kB Copyright: CPDL May be freely copied, distributed, performed, or recorded. Please inform the composer of any performances of this work.
- Edition notes: This edition includes an optional piano accompaniment.
- Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2009-03-12). Score information: Letter, 1 page, 95 kB Copyright: CPDL May be freely copied, distributed, performed, or recorded. Please inform the composer of any performances of this work.
- Edition notes: Revised (2009-03-19) uploaded 2009-03-20, correcting tenor parts in measures 2 & 6. A cappella or keyboard doubling of voice parts.
Description: Original harmonization of Tune: Near the Cross, 76. 76. 66. 76, by Willam H. Doane (1832-1915). Words by Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915), 1869. This hymn may also be sung by a male choir, voiced ATBarB, with the top part being sung down an octave by the Baritones and the alto part sung by the high tenors (male altos/countertenors). While originally conceived as an a cappella setting, a version (with the same harmonization) with piano accompaniment was subsequently composed in which the piano right hand is intended to evoke the "precious fountain … healing stream" - the "rest behond the river."
Original text and translations
Fanny J. Crosby
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.