I've Found a Friend

Representative Text

1. I've found a friend, O such a friend!
Christ loved me ere I knew Him
He drew me with the cords of love,
And thus he bound me to Him;
And round my heart still closely twine
Those ties which naught can sever,
For I am His, and Christ is mine,
Forever and forever.

2. I've found a friend, O such a friend!
He bled, he died to save me;
And not alone the gift of life,
But His own self He gave me;
Naught that I have my own I call,
I hold it for the Giver;
My heart, my strength, my life, my all
Are His, and His forever.

3. I've found a friend, O such a friend!
All pow'r to Him is given,
To guard me on my onward course,
And bring me safe to heaven:
Th'eternal glories gleam afar
To nerve my faint endeavor;
So now to watch, to work, to war,
And then to rest forever.

4. I've found a friend, O such a friend!
So kind and true and tender,
So wise a counselor and guide,
So mighty a defender!
From Him who loves me now so well
What pow'r my soul can sever?
Shall life or death or earth or hell?
No, I am his forever.

Source: Baptist Hymnal 1991 #183

Author: James G. Small

Small, James Grindly, son of George Small, J.P. of Edinburgh, was born in that city in 1817. He was educated at the High School, and the University of Edinburgh. He studied divinity under Dr. Chalmers, and in 1843 he joined the Free Church of Scotland. In 1847 he became the minister of the Free Church at Bervie, near Montrose. He died at Renfrew, Feb. 11, 1888. His poetical works were (1l) The Highlands and other Poems, 1843, 3rd ed. 1852; (2) Songs of the Vineyard in Days of Gloom and Sadness, 1846 ; (3) Hymns for Youthful Voices, 1859; (4) Psalms and Sacred Songs, 1866. His well-known hymn "I've found a Friend; oh such a Friend" (Jesus, the Friend), appeared in his Psalms & Sacred Songs, 1866. It is found in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs an… Go to person page >



CONSTANCE (Sullivan)

Arthur S. Sullivan (PHH 46) composed CONSTANCE for James G. Small's hymn text "I've Found a Friend, O Such a Friend"; the sentiment of that text explains the tune title. That text and tune were published in the Swedenborgian New Church Hymn Book (1874). CONSTANCE is a solid Victorian tune with a fi…

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