Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.@John 15:3
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Ira B. Wilson
(1880–1950)

Har­ri­et Fi­thi­an, in Re­vi­val Hymns, a Col­lect­ion of New and Stand­ard Hymns, by Dan­i­el B. Tow­ner & Charles M. Al­ex­an­der (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Bi­ble In­sti­tute Col­por­ta­ge As­so­ci­a­tion, 1905), num­ber 58.

Ira B. Wil­son (🔊 pdf nwc).

I have a dear Savior who loves me, I know,
And whose will I delight to do;
He’s present to cheer me wherever I go—
Was there ever a friend so true?

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Was there ever a friend so true?
Was there ever a friend so true?
I often have proved Him,
I ever will love Him—
Was there ever a friend so true?

This wonderful friend is a helper indeed;
He has promised to lead me through,
And closer He comes than a brother in need—
Was there ever a friend so true?

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He soothes me in sorrow with songs in the night,
And inspires me with hope anew;
He fills me with courage my battles to fight—
Was there ever a friend so true?

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His love is a fountain of blessing so pure,
Ever flowing for me, for you;
His power is unfailing, His promise is sure—
Was there ever a friend so true?

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