Nearer My God To Thee
“Nearer My God To Thee” is a 19th-century Christian hymn by Sarah Flower Adams, based loosely on Genesis 28:11–19, the story of Jacob’s dream. “Nearer, My God, to Thee” is also associated with the sinking of the RMS Titanic, as some survivors later reported that the ship’s string ensemble played the hymn as the vessel sank.
André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra accompanied by over 500 brass players perform “Nearer, My God, To Thee” live in Amsterdam
Genesis 28:11-19 King James Version (KJV)
11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.
12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
13 And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.
17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.
19 And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.
The Titanic’s Musicians
There were eight members of the “Titanic’s” band. They played on the night of the disaster until just after 2 AM, when the last lifeboat left. None of them survived.
Their names were:
Wallace Hartley–violin and bandmaster.
John Clarke–viola/string base
Wallace Hartley, the English violinist and bandleader of the doomed ship was a young devout Christian. He refused to abandon his post feeling a powerful sense of conviction to continue his duty as bandleader.