One thing in this paper that caught my eye:
Proximus tibi, mi Deus,
Pervenire ego flagito!
Cordis questus hic est mei,
Atque hunc tu, Deus, audi!
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Three!
E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me,
Still all my song shall be near, my God, to Thee
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
It's the wrong kind of cross, no?
I know giving imperatives to God has been discussed before.