By Request, ‘Draw Me Nearer’

That last nooze story really cheesed me off–not good for the ol’ blood pressure. I turn to a hymn as an antidote.

Requested by Phoebe, a classic hymn by Fanny Crosy, a Sunday school favorite–Draw Me Nearer. And I wish I could tell you who was singing it, so we could thank him. Well, thank you, whoever you are.

By Request, ‘Draw Me Nearer’

Requested by Erlene–oh, this brings me back to Sunday school, on a sunny spring morning!–Draw Me Nearer, by Fanny Crosby, sung by the Celebration Choir.

Fanny wrote eight or nine thousand hymns, putting her long life to good use.

By Request, ‘I Am Thine, O Lord’

Requested by Erlene, another Fanny Crosby hymn–I Am Thine, O Lord (Draw Me Nearer), sung by the congregation at Southwest Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. It might be a little hard to make out all the lyrics, but there’s something to be said for a church packed chock-full of Christians singing a hymn.

Anybody out there want to go for a third Fanny Crosby? The hymn shop is open.

By Request, ‘Draw Me Nearer’

Requested by Erlene, written by Fanny Crosby in 1875–Draw Me Nearer, Blessed Lord, sung by the Sanctuary Choir at the First Methodist Church, Houston.

Why do we have a hymn contest? To glorify God, to show Him that we love Him, and to do something together that reflects our Christian fellowship.

By Request, ‘Draw Me Nearer’

How about an old Sunday school favorite? Requested by Erlene, Draw Me Nearer–one of some eight or nine thousand hymns written by Fanny Crosby, sung by the Celebration Choir. You might want to turn up the volume on this one.

‘Draw Me Nearer’

There being no hymn requests currently unserved (I hope!), let me dip into my store of Sunday school favorites for this one, by Fanny Crosby in 1875–Draw Me Nearer. Organ and piano–the old-fashioned way!–at Rosehill Church. No choir, but we have the lyrics if you want to sing along. Background sets by God the Father.

‘Draw Me Nearer’–a 1906 Recording

Fanny Crosby, born in 1820 and blind for almost all her life, wrote over 8,000 hymns, many of them still loved and sung to this day. If I posted a different Fanny Crosby hymn here every day, it would still take some 20 years to post them all.

This antique Edison recording was made in 1906, when Fanny Crosby was still alive to hear it.

This is for Erlene, one of her favorite hymns–well, for everybody, really.

Bonus Hymn, ‘Draw Me Nearer’

I always post any hymn that really asserts itself in my mind, even if I don’t know why it should. This morning that hymn was Draw Me Nearer–a Fanny Crosby classic from 1875. I had a hard time finding a video that was simple and straightforward: so I’ve got this for you, from some little church somewhere. Thank you, whoever you are–that was the way I wanted to hear it.

By Request, ‘Draw Me Nearer’

This is another one of those hymns we sang in Sunday school, with the superintendent’s wife on the piano: a very happy memory. We thank Erlene for requesting it.

This recording was made in 1906, on one of those old wax Edison cylinders that they had before records were invented. The high quality will amaze you.

Before she died in 1915, Fanny Crosby wrote between 8,000 and 9,000 hymns, many of which are loved the world over. If I posted a different Fanny Crosby hymn every day, it would take some 20 years to post them all.

Sunday School Favorite: ‘Draw Me Nearer’

It’s said Fanny Crosby wrote this hymn off the top of her head, all at once, while visiting with the composer–who just happened to have the tune handy.

Anyway, this is the hymn that was in my head this morning, and I hope you like the video. God’s handiwork never fails to move me. Draw Me Nearer, with video by the Rosehill Church.