A Friend of Mine

There is joy in my heart as I journey

Author: Baylus Benjamin McKinney
Tune: [There is joy in my heart as I journey]
Published in 8 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 There is joy in my heart as I journey
To the city of love divine,
And I sing o’er and o’er the sweet story,
Jesus is a Friend of mine.

Jesus, Jesus, is a Friend of mine,
Jesus, Jesus is a Friend divine;
In my heart He makes the sun to shine,
Jesus is a Friend of mine.

2 Tho’ the world may despise and disown me,
And the sun may refuse to shine,
There is One who will never forsake me,
Jesus is a Friend of mine. [Chorus]

3 I will work, watch and pray for my Savior,
I will follow His wise design,
Till He calls me to meet Him in Glory;
Jesus is a Friend of mine. [Chorus]

Source: Voice of Praise #95

Author: Baylus Benjamin McKinney

Pseudonyms-- Martha Annis (his mother’s maiden name was Martha Annis Heflin) Otto Nellen Gene Routh (his wife’s maiden name was Leila Irene Routh) ----- Son of James Calvin McKinney and Martha Annis Heflin McKinney, B . B. attended Mount Lebanon Academy, Louisiana; Louisiana College, Pineville, Louisiana; the Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas; the Siegel-Myers Correspondence School of Music, Chicago, Illinois (BM.1922); and the Bush Conservatory of Music, Chicago. Oklahoma Baptist University awarded him an honorary MusD degree in 1942. McKinney served as music editor at the Robert H. Coleman company in Dallas, Texas (1918–35). In 1919, after several months in the army, McKinney returned to Fort Wor… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: There is joy in my heart as I journey
Title: A Friend of Mine
Author: Baylus Benjamin McKinney
Refrain First Line: Jesus, Jesus is a Friend of mine
Publication Date: 1925
Copyright: Public Domain



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Voice of Praise #95

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