Scripture Verse

I have called you friends. John 15:15

Introduction

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Lewis C. Lockwood
(1815–1904)

Words: Lew­is C. Lock­wood, in The Cho­rus, by A. S. Jenks and D. Gil­key (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: A. S. Jenks, 1858), pag­es 285–86, alt.

Music: Lil­ly Dale Hen­ry S. Thomp­son, 1852 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

’Tis a calm, still night,
With the moon’s pale light
Shining soft over hill and vale;
But my heart, mute with grief,
Looks up for relief,
And a friend I in Jesus hail.

Refrain

O Jesus! dear Jesus! dear Jesus, hail!
Now my aching bosom has balm for woe,
As I pass through life’s lonely vale.

O the cheek that glowed,
As the rose tint blowed,
See the hand of disease turn pale;
And the death damp falls now,
On my fevered brow,
Yet a friend I in Jesus hail.

Refrain

With Him I’ll be blest,
In the land of rest,
When my heart and my flesh shall fail;
When this dust lieth low,
I to Heav’n shall go,
And a friend in my Jesus hail.

Refrain

When o’er my grave,
Flowers gently wave,
As the stream ripples through the vale,
Then with angels I’ll sing,
And make Heaven ring,
As a friend I in Jesus hail.

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