Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.@John 15:13
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Charles H. Gabriel (1856–1932)

Lizzie DeArmond & Charles H. Gabriel, in The Victory (Cincinnati, Ohio: Jennings & Graham, 1908), number 6.

Mirian Christensen (🔊 pdf nwc). The first few measures are the same as James R. Murray’s tune Mueller.

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Lizzie DeArmond (1847–1936)

The Savior of sinners from glory came down,
My hope of salvation to be;
Was scourged for my guilt, and was mocked with a crown—
He’s more than a friend to me.

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He’s more than a friend, more than a friend,
He’s more than a friend to me;
This Savior of sinners, this King of all kings,
Is more than a friend to me.

When broken with sorrow, and trembling with fear,
To Him with my burden I flee;
No matter what troubles or trials appear—
He’s more than a friend to me.

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In moments of weakness upon Him I lean,
His promise my hope and my plea;
So gently He leads, tho’ His hand is unseen—
He’s more than a friend to me.

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Sometime in His beauty, thro’ wonderful grace,
This King of all kings I shall see;
And oh, ’twill be heaven to look on His face—
He’s more than a friend to me.

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