NEAR THE CROSS
Jesus, keep me near the cross,There a precious fountain;Free to all, a healing stream,Flows from Calv’ry’s mountain. Near the cross, a trembling soul,Love and mercy found me;There the Bright and Morning StarShed His beams around me. Near the cross! O lamb of God,Bring its scenes before me;Help me walk from day to dayWith its shadow o’er me. Near the cross! I’ll watch and wait,Hoping, trusting ever; Till I reach the golden strand,Just beyond the river. In the cross, in the cross,
Be my glory ever,
Till my ransomed soul shall findRest beyond the river.
Blessed assurance; Jesus is mine!Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!Heir of salvation, purchase of God,born of his Spirit, washed in his blood. This is my story, this is my song,praising my Savior all the day long;this is my story, this is my song,praising my Savior all the day long.
Beyond the River is a mixture of the two hymns Near the Cross and Blessed Assurance.
View the premiere of this piece sung by the Calvin College Alumni Choir here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVTe_IogQSA