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Nearer, My God, to Thee  is a English Christian hymn, which is known because it was the last piece of music, that by the musicians of the Titanic would be played. The anthem is based on the story of Jacob's ladder from the Bible (Gen 28: 11-12).

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The text was written by the British actress and poet Sarah Fuller Flower Adams in 1841. There are 2 English translations: my God with you Further andcloser to you, o Lord. The hymn was played by the military chapels during the funeral procession of Prince Bernhard. The hymn was also performed during the funeral of the former American president Gerald Ford.

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

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The title of closer to you Gerard Reves (1966), is inspired by this hymn.

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