I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from My Father I have made known to you.@John 15:15

Joseph C. Ludgate, in the Salvation Army’s The Young Soldier, 1898.

Arranged from Stephen C. Foster (1826-1864) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Stephen C. Foster (1826-1864)

A friend of Jesus! O what bliss
That one so vile as I
Should ever have a friend like this
To lead me to the sky!

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Friendship with Jesus!
Fellowship divine!
O what blessèd, sweet communion!
Jesus is a friend of mine.

A friend when other friendships cease,
A friend when others fail,
A friend who gives me joy and peace,
A friend when foes assail!

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A friend when sickness lays me low,
A friend when death draws near,
A friend as through the vale I go,
A friend to help and cheer!

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A friend when life’s short race is o’er
A friend when earth is past,
A friend to meet on Heaven’s shore,
A friend when home at last!

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