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Our Best and Truest Friend

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1 Once more we lift our waiting eyes,
O gracious Lord, to Thee,
And humbly ask that in our midst
Thy presence now may be;
From earthly toil we turn aside,
Another hour to spend,
In blest communion at Thy throne,
Our best, and truest Friend.

2 Tho’ all the past, Thy gentle hand
Has led us day by day,
Thy precious word with promise sweet,
Has cheered us on our way;
We praise Thy name while here again
Before Thy throne we bend,
To worship Thee will all our hearts,
Our best, and truest Friend.

3 We thank Thee, Lord, for every gift
Thy grace divine bestows,
For peace that clams our troubled souls,
And like a river flows;
O guard our lives, inspire our songs,
Our onward steps defend,
Till we shall meet in that bright world,
Where praise shall never end.

Source: Christian Endeavor Hymns #101

Author: Fanny J. Crosby

Pseudonymns: A.V., Mrs. A. E. Andrews, Mrs. E. A. Andrews, Mrs. E. L. Andrews, James L. Black, Henrietta E. Blair, Charles Bruce, Robert Bruce, Leah Carlton, Eleanor Craddock, Lyman G. Cuyler, D.H.W., Ella Dare, Ellen Dare, Mrs. Ellen Douglass, Lizzie Edwards. Miss Grace Elliot, Grace J. Frances, Victoria Frances, Jennie Garnett, Frank Gould, H. D. K., Frances Hope, Annie L. James, Martha J. Lankton [Langton], Grace Lindsey, Maud Marion, Sallie Martin, Wilson Meade, Alice Monteith, Martha C. Oliver, Mrs. N. D. Plume, Kate Smiley, Sallie Smith, J. L. Sterling, John Sterling, Julia Sterling, Anna C. Storey, Victoria Stuart, Ida Scott Taylor, Mary R. Tilden, Mrs. J. B. Thresher, Hope Tryaway, Grace Tureman, Carrie M. Wilson, W.H.D. Frances… Go to person page >

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First Line: Once more we lift our waiting eyes
Title: Our Best and Truest Friend
Author: Fanny J. Crosby
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Published in a chapel hymnal for the Duke of Würtemberg (Gesangbuch der Herzogl, 1784), ELLACOMBE (the name of a village in Devonshire, England) was first set to the words "Ave Maria, klarer und lichter Morgenstern." During the first half of the nineteenth century various German hymnals altered the…

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Christian Endeavor Hymns #101

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