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 36 hymnals

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

Friendship with Jesus!
Fellowship divine!
Oh, what blessed, 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]

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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)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Friendship with Jesus, fellowship divine



The Cyber Hymnal #1617
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Instances (1 - 4 of 4)

Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #445


The Cyber Hymnal #1617


The Song Book of the Salvation Army #709


Timeless Truths #758

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