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Dearest of All

How precious to me are the friends that I know

Author: Mrs. Frank A. Breck
Tune: [How precious to me are the friends that I know]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 How precious to me are the friends that I know,
And better than gems is the love they bestow;
O, many dear loved ones my heart can recall,
But Jesus my Saviour is dearest of all.

Dearest of all, the dearest of all,
I praise him today, that I heard his sweet call,
He promised me pardon, when sin claimed my fall,
Yes, Jesus my Saviour is dearest of all.

2 ‘Tis sweet when the cup of my sorrow is deep,
To know there are friends who in sympathy weep;
But Jesus took sorrow’s cup full to the brim,
And no other comforter comforts like him. [Refrain]

3 ‘Tis sweet, when the sunshine my portion shall be,
To know that dear friends are rejoicing with me,
But I will remember who makes sunlight fall—
My wonderful friend who is dearest of all. [Refrain]

4 O, “lovely” and “fair ‘mong ten thousand” is he!
Exalted, my blessed Redeemer to be;
Thro’ life and thro’ death he has been for my soul,
And he shall be dearest while ages shall roll. [Refrain]

Source: The Old Story in Song Number Two #111

Author: Mrs. Frank A. Breck

Carrie Ellis Breck was born 22 January 1855 in Vermont and raised in a Christian home. She later moved to Vineland, New Jersy, and then to Portland, Oregon. She wrote verse and prose for religious and household publications, In 1884 she married Frank A. Breck. She has written between fourteen and fifteen hundred hymns. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: How precious to me are the friends that I know
Title: Dearest of All
Author: Mrs. Frank A. Breck
Refrain First Line: Dearest of all, the dearest of all
Publication Date: 1908
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.