1617. Friendship with Jesus

1. A friend of Jesus! O what bliss
That one so vile as I
Should ever have a Friend like this
To lead me to the sky!

Friendship with Jesus!
Fellowship divine!
O what blessèd, sweet communion!
Jesus is a Friend of mine.

2. A Friend when other friendships cease,
A Friend when others fail,
A Friend who gives me joy and peace,
A Friend when foes assail! [Refrain]

3. A Friend when sickness lays me low,
A Friend when death draws near,
A Friend as through the vale I go,
A Friend to help and cheer! [Refrain]

4. A Friend when life’s short race is o’er
A Friend when earth is past,
A Friend to meet on Heaven’s shore,
A Friend when home at last! [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: A friend of Jesus! O what bliss
Title: Friendship with Jesus
Author: Joseph C. Ludgate (1898)
Refrain First Line: Friendship with Jesus!
Meter: CM refrain
Language: English
Source: Salvation Army's The Young Soldier, 1898
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Name: [A friend of Jesus! O what bliss]
Composer: Stephen Foster, 1826-1864 (arr.)
Meter: CM refrain
Incipit: 34565 32117 65331
Key: C Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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