I am with you always.@Matthew 28:20

Samuel C. G. Küster, in the Gesang Buch (Berlin: 1829), number 549 (O Jesu, Freund der Seelen); translated from German to English by Hannah K. Burlingham in the British Herald, July 1865, page 100.

Friend Unfailing arranged from Ludwig van Beethoven (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

O Jesus, friend unfailing,
How dear Thou art to me!
Are cares or fears assailing?
I find my strength in Thee.
Why should my feet grow weary
Of this my pilgrim way?
Rough tho’ the path and dreary,
It ends in perfect day.

Naught, naught I count as pleasure,
Compared, O Lord, with Thee;
Thy sorrow, without measure,
Earned peace and joy for me.
I love to own, Lord Jesus,
Thy claims o’er me divine;
Bought with Thy blood most precious,
Whose can I be but Thine?

O worldly pomp and glory,
Your charms are spread in vain!
I’ve heard a sweeter story,
I’ve found a truer gain.
Where Christ a place prepareth,
There is my loved abode;
There shall I gaze on Jesus:
There shall I dwell with God.

For every tribulation,
For every sore distress,
In Christ I’ve full salvation,
Sure help and quiet rest.
No fear of foes prevailing!
I triumph, Lord, in Thee:
O Jesus, friend unfailing,
How dear Thou art to me!