298. One There Is, above All Others

1 One there is, above all others,
Well deserves the name of friend;
His is love beyond a brother’s,
Costly, free, and knows no end:
They who once his kindness prove
Find it everlasting love.

2 Which of all our friends, to save us,
Could or would have shed his blood?
But this Savior died to have us
Reconciled in him to God:
This was boundless love indeed;
Jesus is the friend we need.

3 When he lived on earth, they scorned him;
"Friend of sinners" was his name.
Though the angels have adored him,
Still he answers to that claim;
Still he calls them dearest friends
And to all their needs attends.

4 O for grace our hearts to soften!
Teach us, Lord, at length to love.
We, alas! forget too often,
What a Friend we have above:
But, when home our souls are brought,
We will love Thee as we ought.

Text Information
First Line: One there is, above all others
Title: One There Is, above All Others
Author: John Newton, 1725-1807 (alt.)
Meter: 87 87 77
Language: English
Publication Date: 1978
Topic: Justification; Easter 6; Love
Tune Information
Composer: Andreas P. Berggren, 1801-1880
Meter: 87 87 77
Key: C Major

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