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Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross

The United Methodist Hymnal Number 301
Text: Fanny J. Crosby, 1820-1915
Music: William H. Doane, 1832-1915
Tune: NEAR THE CROSS, Meter: 76.76 with Refrain

1.	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.

2.	Near the cross, a trembling soul, 
	love and mercy found me; 
	there the bright and morning star 
	sheds its beams around me. 

3.	Near the cross! O Lamb of God, 
	bring its scenes before me; 
	help me walk from day to day 
	with its shadow o'er me. 

4.	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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