Longing for a Bosom Friend

O, that I had a bosom friend

Published in 31 hymnals

Representative Text

1 O that I had a bosom friend,
To tell my secrets to,
On whose advice I might depend
In every thing I do.

2 How do I wander up and down,
And no one pities me!
I seem a stranger quite unknown,
A son of misery!

3 None lends an ear to my complaint,
Nor minds my cries or tears:
None comes to cheer me tho' I faint,
Nor my vast burden bears.

4 While others live in mirth and ease
And feel no want or woe,
Thro' this vast, howling wilderness,
I full of sorrows go.

5 O faithless soul to reason thus,
And murmur without end?
Did Christ expire upon the cross
And is he not thy friend?

6 Why dost thou envy carnal men,
And think their state so blest?
How great salvation hast thou seen,
And Jesus is thy rest!

7 What can this lower world afford
Compar'd with gospel grace?
Thy happiness is in the Lord,
And thou shalt see his face!

8 Can present grief be counted great
Compar'd with future woes?
Will transient pleasures seem so sweet
Compar'd with endless joys?

9 How soon will God withdraw the scene,
And burn the world he made!
Then woe to carnal sinful men!
My soul lift up thy head.

10 The Saviour is thy real friend,
Constant and true and good:
He will be with thee to the end,
And bring thee safe to God.

11 Then why my soul art thou so sad!
When will thy sighs be o'er?
Rejoice in Jesus and be glad
Rejoice for evermore.

Source: Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #97

Text Information

First Line: O, that I had a bosom friend
Title: Longing for a Bosom Friend
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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A Choice Collection of Hymns, in which are some never before printed #60

A Choice Selection of Hymns. 2nd ed. #d160

A Choice Selection of Hymns. 6th ed. #d194

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A Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #IX

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #248

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A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #248

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A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #248

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A Collection of Spiritual Songs and Hymns #IX

A New and Choice Selection of Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d116

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A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #712

A Prayer Meeting and Revival Hymn Book . 27th ed. #d351

A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs from the Best Authors #d147

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #H.CCCXIX

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #H.CCCXIX

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Baptist Hymn Book #aB113

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Christian's Duty, exhibited in a series of hymns #205

Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians. 9th ed. #d136

Hymns and Psalms, Original and Modern, Selected and Revised #d239

Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Use of Christians #d107

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #97

Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Use of Christians. 8th ed. #d132

Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Selected and Original. 7th ed. #d323

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The Baptist Hymn Book #B113

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The Christian's Duty #CCV

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The Christians Duty, exhibited, in a series of Hymns #CCV

The Dover Selection of Spiritual Songs #d176

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