A Friend there is; your voices join. J. Swain. [Jesus the Friend.] Appeared as one of two hymns in his Experimental Essays on Divine Subjects, London, 1791, pp. 85-87, with the note "The two following pieces were occasioned by the death of an only son.” The second piece is:—"When Jesus, both of God and Man." In 1792 he included the former in his Walworth Hymns, in 10 stanzas of 4 lines, and from thence it has passed iuto several collections, mainly those of the Baptists, but including also other Non-conforming bodies and a limited number in the Church of England. In America it is almost unknown. Original text, Lyra Britannica 1867, pp. 37—8.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)