Love your Savior

I ought to love my Savior, no earthly friend

Author: Elisha A. Hoffman
Tune: LOVING FRIEND (Fairlamb)
Published in 24 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 I ought to love my Savior;
No earthly friend can be
So loving, kind, and faithful
As He hath been to me.
Before my lips could utter
His sweet and precious name,
Until the present moment,
His love hath been the same.

2 He left His home in glory
To save my soul from death;
And now in all life's dangers
He still sustains my breath.
I lay me down and slumber
All through the hours of night,
And wake again in safety
To hail the morning light.

3 It is but very little
For Him that I can do;
Then let me seek to serve Him
My earthly journey through;
And without sigh or murmur,
To do His holy will,
And in my daily duties,
His wise commands fulfill.

4 And when I reach the mansion
He has prepared for me,
'Twill be my grateful pleasure
My Savior's face to see;
And 'mid the angels' music,
Which then will greet my ear,
How eagerly I'll listen
My Savior's voice to hear.

Source: Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #383

Author: Elisha A. Hoffman

Elisha Hoffman (1839-1929) after graduating from Union Seminary in Pennsylvania was ordained in 1868. As a minister he was appointed to the circuit in Napoleon, Ohio in 1872. He worked with the Evangelical Association's publishing arm in Cleveland for eleven years. He served in many chapels and churches in Cleveland and in Grafton in the 1880s, among them Bethel Home for Sailors and Seamen, Chestnut Ridge Union Chapel, Grace Congregational Church and Rockport Congregational Church. In his lifetime he wrote more than 2,000 gospel songs including"Leaning on the everlasting arms" (1894). The fifty song books he edited include Pentecostal Hymns No. 1 and The Evergreen, 1873. Mary Louise VanDyke… Go to person page >

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First Line: I ought to love my Savior, no earthly friend
Title: Love your Savior
Author: Elisha A. Hoffman

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Concordia: a collection of hymns and spiritual songs #227

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Hosanna for the Sunday School #10

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Hymnal for Church and Home #383

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Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #383

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Hymns of Worship and Service (Chapel Ed., 4th ed.) #278

Hymns of Worship and Service for Sunday Schools #d106

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Hymns of Worship and Service. (Chapel ed.) #278

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Hymns of Worship and Service: for the Sunday School #136

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In Excelsis for School and Chapel #270

In Excelsis for School and Chapel. l7th ed. #d108

Melody for the Sunday School #d36

Oriola #d103

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Pearly Gates: a collection of new songs for the Sunday school, prayer meeting, and social circle #53

Song Life for Sunday Schools #d73

Songs of Praise #d42

The Concordia Hymnal. Rev. #d151

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The Eclectic Sabbath School Hymn Book #120

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The Standard Sunday School Hymnal #66

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