Jesus is my Friend

No thought brings sweeter joy to me

Author: Haldor Lillenas
Tune: [No thought brings sweeter joy to me]
Published in 2 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 No tho’t brings sweeter joys to me,
And naught more glorious could be
Than that, for all eternity
I’ve Jesus as my friend.

I will not fear the stormy gale,
I’m anchored safe within the veil,
Sustaining power, God will lend,
For Jesus is my friend.

2 The surging waves that ‘round me roll,
The storm that comes to try my soul,
But drive me nearer to my goal,
When Jesus is my friend. [Refrain]

3 Why should I fear the night so long,
Or why deplore temptation strong,
I will not yield to sin or wrong
For Jesus is my friend. [Refrain]

4 The cares of life comes with the years,
Mine eyes may look thro’ blinding tears,
But banished are my anxious fears,
For Jesus is my friend. [Refrain]

5 When comes the dawn of endless day,
When mists of earth have rolled away,
And I my burdens down shall lay,
He still will be my friend. [Refrain]

Source: Glad Tidings in Song #68

Author: Haldor Lillenas

Rv Haldor Lillenas DMus Norway/USA 1885-1959. Born at Stord, near Bergen, Norway, his father sold their 15 acre farm in Norway and emigrated to the U.S., buying a farm in Colton, SD. After he built a sod house, the family (wife and three chldren) also came to SD in 1887. They moved to Astoria, Oregon in 1889, where Lillenas learned English and began writing song lyrics at an early age. In 1900 the family moved again to Roseville, MN, where he worked as a farm laborer and began attending a Lutheran high school at Hawick, MN. He sold a few songs at age 19. At age 21 he began writing more songs, encouraged by some earlier ones becoming popular (“He set me free” was one). His mother died in 1906 and his father returned to ND, but Li… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: No thought brings sweeter joy to me
Title: Jesus is my Friend
Author: Haldor Lillenas
Refrain First Line: I will fear not the stormy gale
Copyright: Public Domain



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