He Is a Friend of Mine

I have a friend indeed, a friend I often need

Author: C. Austin Miles
Tune: [I have a friend indeed]
Published in 9 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 I have a friend indeed,
A friend I often need,
And when I need him he is always near,
To chide me when I’m wrong,
To fill my heart with song,
Or make the hidden way seem clear.

He is a friend of mine,
He is a friend of mine,
The ruler of the land and sea,
And yet he loveth me;
He is a friend of mine,
He is a friend of mine,
I would that you might know him too,
This friend of mine.

2 Now Jesus is his name,
His love is e’er the same;
And though my love for him may feeble grow,
Still through my tears I see
My friend awaiting me
And hand in hand we onward go. [Refrain]

3 It is enough for me
To know that he will be
A friend when all the rest forget my name;
When through the gates of gold
My chariot wheels have rolled,
He’ll be my loving friend the same. [Refrain]

Source: Jubilate : A Modern Sunday-School Hymnal #181

Author: C. Austin Miles

Charles Austin Miles USA 1868-1946. Born at Lakehurst, NJ, he attended the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and the University of PA. He became a pharmacist. He married Bertha H Haagen, and they had two sons: Charles and Russell. In 1892 he abandoned his pharmacy career and began writing gospel songs. At first he furnished compositions to the Hall-Mack Publishing Company, but soon became editor and manager, where he worked for 37 years. He felt he was serving God better in the gospel song writing business, than as a pharmacist. He published the following song books: “New songs of the gospel” (1900), “The service of praise” (1900), “The voice of praise” (1904), “The tribute of song” (1904), “New songs of the gospel… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I have a friend indeed, a friend I often need
Title: He Is a Friend of Mine
Author: C. Austin Miles
Language: English
Refrain First Line: For he is a friend of mine
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 9 of 9)
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His Praise #159

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Jubilate #181

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New Songs of Praise and Power 1-2-3 Combined #236

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Rose of Sharon Hymns #470

Songs of Faith and Triumph Nos. 1, 2 and 3 Combined #d92

The Bread of Life Songs #d48

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The Gospel Message No. 1 #33

The Gospel Message No. 1. Special ed. #d39

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The Gospel Message No. 3 #88

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