Friendship With Jesus

A friend of Jesus, O what bliss

Author: Joseph C. Ludgate (1898)
Tune: [A friend of Jesus! O what bliss] (Foster)
Published in 45 hymnals

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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 friend ships cease,
A friend when others fail,
A friend who gives me joy and peace,
A friend who will prevail.

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.

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.

Source: The Song Book of the Salvation Army #709

Author: Joseph C. Ludgate

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Text Information

First Line: A friend of Jesus, O what bliss
Title: Friendship With Jesus
Author: Joseph C. Ludgate (1898)
Meter: with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Friendship with Jesus, fellowship divine
Copyright: Public Domain



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