I have called you friends.@John 15:15
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Johnson Oatman, Jr. (1856-1922)

Johnson Oatman, Jr., in New Songs of the Gospel, edited by C. Austin Miles & Maurice A. Clifton (pseudonym of J. Lincoln Hall) (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Hall-Mack Company, 1900), number 68. Note: This edition misspelled the first word of the lyrics as There. Later editions corrected the error.

Benjamin F. Butts (🔊 pdf nwc).

There’s One above all earthly friends
Whose love all earthly love transcends;
It is my Lord and Christ divine,
My Lord, because I know He’s mine.

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I know He’s mine, this friend so dear;
He lives with me, He’s ever near;
Ten thousand charms around Him shine,
And best of all, I know He’s mine.

He’s mine because He died for me;
He saved my soul, He set me free;
With joy I worship at His shrine
And cry, Praise God, I know He’s mine.

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He’s mine because He’s in my heart,
And never, never will we part;
Just as the branch is to the vine
I’m joined to Christ: I know He’s mine.

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Some day upon the streets of gold
Mine eyes His glory shall behold;
Then, while His arms around me twine,
I’ll cry for joy, I know He’s mine.

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