Scripture Verse

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

Introduction

Words: George F. Root, The Di­a­pa­son (New York: Ma­son Bro­thers, 1860), num­ber 280.

Music: Öre­bro George F. Root, 1860 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

portrait
George F. Root
(1820–1895)

Lyrics

Sweet ’tis to sing of Thee,
Jesus, our friend;
Of Thy great love so free,
Jesus, our friend;
Oh, for a heart to praise,
Through all our earthly days,
Thy wondrous works and ways,
Jesus our friend.

When Thou wert here below,
Jesus, our friend;
Thou didst our sorrows know,
Jesus, our friend;
Grant to each heart to feel
That Thou hast power to heal,
And oh, Thyself reveal,
Jesus, our friend.

Tender and patient, Thou,
Jesus, our friend;
To Thy dear love we bow,
Jesus, our friend;
Oh, in Thy spirit pure,
May we our ills endure,
Trusting Thy promise sure,
Jesus, our friend.

By Thy redeeming grace,
Jesus, our friend;
We hope to see Thy face,
Jesus, our friend;
Then will we joyful praise,
Throughout eternal days,
Thy wondrous works and ways.
Jesus, our friend.