Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.@John 15:13
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Eliza E. Hewitt (1851–1920)

Eliza E. Hewitt, in The Finest of the Wheat Number Three, by George D. Elderkin et al. (Chicago, Illinois: George D. Elderkin, 1904), number 50.

William J. Kirkpatrick (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William J. Kirkpatrick (1838–1921)

When I’m sad and heavy laden,
Burdened with the weight of sin,
Jesus is the very friend I need;
To the bloodstained cross He points me,
And He gives me peace within,
Jesus is the very friend I need.

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O, He is the best of friends,
For His goodness never ends,
And His love will every human thought exceed;
Let me love Him more and more,
’Till I stand on glory’s shore;
O, Jesus is the very friend I need.

When I’m struggling with temptation,
When my strength shall almost fail,
Jesus is the very friend I need;
For His arm will bring deliverance,
And His grace will still prevail,
Jesus is the very friend I need.

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When I drink the cup of sorrow,
When I tread the path of grief,
Jesus is the very friend I need;
In His Word is consolation,
In His presence sweet relief,
Jesus is the very friend I need.

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When I reach the silent river,
When I wait beside the tide,
Jesus is the very friend I need;
He will bear me o’er the billows
To the radiant morning side,
Jesus is the very friend I need.

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