“Nearer My God To Thee” with violin solo and string ensemble

With due respect to Sarah Flower Adams who wrote this great hymn and made famous as stated here:

 “Nearer, My God, to Thee” is a 19th-century Christian hymn by Sarah Flower Adams, based loosely on Genesis 28:11–19,[1] the story of Jacob’s dream. Genesis 28:11–12 can be translated as follows: “So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it…”

The lyrics to the hymn are as follows:

Nearer My God To Thee

Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me;
Still all my song shall be nearer, my God, to Thee,

Chorus: 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 I’d be nearer, my God, to Thee,

Chorus: Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

There let the way appear steps unto heav’n;
All that Thou sendest me in mercy giv’n;
Angels to beckon me nearer, my God, to Thee,

Chorus: Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

Then with my waking thoughts bright with Thy praise,
Out of my stony griefs Bethel I’ll raise;
So by my woes to be nearer, my God, to Thee,

Chorus: 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,

A sixth verse was later added to the hymn by Ed­ward H. Bick­er­steth, Jr. as follows:[2]

There in my Father’s home, safe and at rest,
There in my Savior’s love, perfectly blest;
Age after age to be, nearer my God to Thee.

Chorus: Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

The hymn is well known, among other uses, as the alleged last song the band on RMS Titanic played before the ship sank.

This is the story of a tragedy that sank the newest and most impressive ship ever made, the Titanic, and sought to be “Unsinkable.” Many of the most famous and wealthy people of the day were on board. There was even a world series of Poker going on as the captain and crew failed to use good judgement in speeding through icey waters hoping to make a record crossing of the ocean but not realizing that the theory of an UNSINKABLE SHIP was in stark contrast to the reality that if the ship hit a huge iceburg it was not able to sustain such a terrible blow to the hull of the ship. There are conclusions that one can draw from this story about the shortness of life and the fact that we dare not risk our ever living soul on a theory that will mean our ultimate fate in hell rather than in the loving arms of Jesus who has provided the solution to all the problems in life by the death on the cross and His resurrection for our justification. There is only one way to heaven, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Don’t delay, accept Him today. Don’t be like the foolish passengers and crew of the Titanic who thought that they were safe when the reality of life was that they would perish in the icy waters of the Atlantic on the maiden voyage of the UNSINKABLE TITANIC.  Watch the video about it here:



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