1 The best of friends I have in heaven,
The loyal friends on earth are few;
Where hearts to things of earth are given,
Friends cannot be sincere and true;
But firmly I can e’er depend
On Jesus as my dearest friend.
2 The world bestows its greatest favors
On those who can and will repay;
Whenever fortune’s friendship wavers,
Its favors too will pass away;
With Jesus such is not the end,
He always is the dearest friend.
3 He is the friend above all others,
Whose heart and soul is wholly mine;
Whose love is stronger than a brother’s,
And stands beyond the end of time;
Then praise with me unto the end
My Saviour as the dearest friend.
Source: Elmhurst Hymnal: and orders of worship for the Sunday school, young people's meetings and church services #127