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If earthly friends should fail you

If earthly friends should fail you

Author: Johnson Oatman
Tune: [If earthly friends should fail you]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 If earthly friends should fail you
And fears come like a host,
There is a Friend will help you,
When help you need the most;
’Tis God your heav’n’ly Father,
O be his name adored!
He’ll reach an arm to help you
If you call on the Lord.

Call on the Lord, call on the Lord,
No earthly friend can ever
Such blessed help afford;
Call on the Lord, call on the Lord;
If you want a friend to help you,
Call on the Lord.

2 When Moses call’d upon him
He saw the sea divide,
God’s people all pass’d over
Safe to the other side.
And so Elijah triumph’d,
His pray’r of faith was heard,
The fire from heav’n descended
When he call’d on the Lord. [Refrain]

3 And thus thro’ all the ages
We find, that, by his pow’r,
God always help’d his children
In ev’ry trying hour.
If we his help are needing,
He will his aid afford,
If we like saints and prophets
Will but call on the Lord. [Refrain]

Source: The Old Story in Song #94

Author: Johnson Oatman

Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church. Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher. For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: If earthly friends should fail you
Author: Johnson Oatman
Refrain First Line: Call on the Lord