Scripture Verse

I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of My Father I have made known unto you.@John 15:15
portrait
Fanny Crosby
(1820–1915)

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, in Gems of Song, by Hu­bert Main & Ira D. San­key (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Big­low & Main, 1901). Some hym­nals give the au­thor as Grace J. Fran­ces, one of Fan­ny’s pseu­do­nyms.

Music: Hu­bert P. Main (🔊 pdf nwc).

portrait
Hubert P. Main
(1839–1925)

There’s a friend that abides evermore,
And that friend is the Lord, my king;
Of the peace I received,
When His Word I believed,
In the fullness of joy I will sing.

Refrain

O come, quickly come!
He is calling you today,
O come to that friend so true;
He will be your faithful guide,
More than all the world beside,
And remember He has died for you.

There’s a friend that abides evermore,
And I praise Him with loud acclaim;
For the life that is mine
Through His mercy divine;
Still I sing in my joy, Bless His name!

Refrain

There’s a love that is strong as the hills
That encircle His throne above;
How it speaks to my soul
When the dark billows roll,
And my heart sings for joy, God is love!

Refrain

There’s a friend that abides evermore,
And a friend that I long to see;
O, the song that will break,
When to rapture I wake,
And in glory with Him I shall be!

Refrain