Longing for a Bosom Friend

O, that I had a bosom friend

Published in 29 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 help me, though I faint,
Nor my vast burden bears.

4 While others live in mirth and ease,
And feel no want or woe;
Through this dark, howling wilderness,
I full of sorrow go.

5 O, faithless soul, to reason thus,
And murmur without end;
Did Christ expire upon the cross?
And is not he 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
Compared with gospel grace?
Thy happiness is in the Lord,
And thou shalt see his face.

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

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

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

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

The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791

Text Information

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

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

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

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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

A Collection of Spiritual Songs and Hymns #9

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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