Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning?@Isaiah 40:21

Samuel Alman, in The Gospel of Joy, edited by Samuel Alman & Samuel H. Speck (Boston, Massachusetts: Oliver Ditson & Company, 1879), number 32 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Have you heard the news proclaimed,
How the wanderers are reclaimed,
And the blind, and halt, and maimed,
Have a friend in Jesus?

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A friend in need, a friend indeed,
Have you this friend in Jesus?

Have you heard the tidings go,
Into homes of want and woe,
There to let poor sinners know
What a friend in Jesus?

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In the sick-ward by the cot,
When the throbbing brow is hot,
Creature helps availing not,
Oh, how sweet is Jesus!

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Have you in the prison cell,
Heard those sweetest notes which tell
For condemned ones, all is well,
When they trust in Jesus?

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Let your voices thus proclaim,
In the haunts of sin and shame,
Free forgiveness in His name,
Precious name of Jesus.

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