O How I Love Him

I have found a precious Friend, on whose word my hopes depend

Author: William J. Kirkpatrick
Tune: [I have found a precious Friend] (Kirkpatrick)
Published in 14 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 I have found a precious Friend,
On whose Word my hopes depend:
Jesus, Saviour, Brother too,
Ever faithful, ever true.

O, how I love Him,
O, how I love Him,
O, how I love Him,
My best, my dearest Friend!

2 When beneath Jehovah’s frown
My crush’d heart was sinking down,
Jesus heard my plaintive cry,
Came and bro’t salvation nigh. [Refrain]

3 When I struggled all in vain,
Peace and pardon to obtain,
Jesus came to my relief,
Bore my weight of sin and grief. [Refrain]

4 When the tempter’s pow’r assail’d,
And my courage well nigh fail’d,
Jesus brought His armor bright,
Made me Victor by His might. [Refrain]

5 When I sought to know His will,
Ev’ry purpose to fulfil,
Jesus took me by the hand,
Led me up to Beulah Land. [Refrain]

6 Now, when waves of care and woe
Come my soul to overthrow,
Jesus in His arms of love
Lifts me, bears me far above. [Refrain]

7 Now I’ll magnify His name,
His great goodness I’ll proclaim;
In my heart He comes to stay,—
Keeps me, saves me, day by day. [Refrain]

Source: Songs of Love and Praise No. 4 #167

Author: William J. Kirkpatrick

William J. Kirkpatrick (b. Duncannon, PA, 1838; d. Philadelphia, PA, 1921) received his musical training from his father and several other private teachers. A carpenter by trade, he engaged in the furniture business from 1862 to 1878. He left that profession to dedicate his life to music, serving as music director at Grace Methodist Church in Philadelphia. Kirkpatrick compiled some one hundred gospel song collections; his first, Devotional Melodies (1859), was published when he was only twenty-one years old. Many of these collections were first published by the John Hood Company and later by Kirkpatrick's own Praise Publishing Company, both in Philadelphia. Bert Polman Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I have found a precious Friend, on whose word my hopes depend
Title: O How I Love Him
Author: William J. Kirkpatrick
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O how I love him, how I adore him
Copyright: Public Domain



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