1 Come and bear witness, Christian,
Come, and tell all around,
What a dear friend in Jesus,
What a sweet joy you’ve found.
Isn’t it true, believer?
Isn’t it really true?
In the hour of temptation,
Hasn’t He helped you thro’?
In your sorrows and trials,
When the night seem’d long,
Hasn’t the Savior been with you,
Filling your heart with song?
2 Rivers in desert places,
Manna in rich supply;
Sunlight in times of darkness,
Grace, as the moments fly? [Chorus]
3 Who is a friend like Jesus,
Pardoning all our sin,
Giving His holy Spirit,
Breathing His peace within? [Chorus]
4 Friends, you have heard our witness,
heard of our Friend above,
Will you not haste to seek Him,
proving His saving Love. [Chorus]
Pseudonym: Lidie H. Edmunds.
Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >