Scripture Verse

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13


Words & Mu­sic: Gor­don E. Hook­er, 1922 (🔊 pdf nwc), with the in­scrip­tion, Ded­i­cat­ed to Mrs. J. H. Lar­son.

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Hooker (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


I have a friend, oh, a wonderful friend,
He is all in all to me;
Patient and sweet, and so tender and kind,
So loving and good is He.
When I was lost in darkness and sin,
Without a hope in the world,
To Calvary’s mountain went Jesus for me,
To bring me safe home to the fold.

I have a friend, oh, a wonderful friend,
And He walks with me each day;
Guarding my steps lest perchance I should fall—
Be tempted to go astray.
Oh, it is sweet to thus know my Lord—
Under His care I abide;
There, nothing can harm me, I’m kept by His power—
Each step of the way He’s my guide.

I have a friend, oh, a wonderful friend,
Without Him what would I do?
In time of sorrow, when tears dim the eye,
He then is so faithful and true;
Or when temptation comes like a flood—
Almost o’erwhelmed by the fight:
I look up to Jesus, His standard is raised,
And with Him I walk in the light.