I'll Be a Friend to Jesus

They tried my Lord and Master

Author: Johnson Oatman (1922)
Tune: [They tried my Lord and Master]
Published in 61 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 They tried my Lord and Master,
With no one to defend;
Within the halls of Pilate
He stood without a friend.

I’ll be a friend to Jesus,
My life for Him I’ll spend;
I’ll be a friend to Jesus,
Until my years shall end.

2 The world may turn against Him,
I’ll love Him to the end,
And while on earth I’m living,
My Lord shall have a friend. [Refrain]

3 I’ll do what He may bid me;
I’ll go where He may send;
I’ll try each flying moment
To prove that I’m His friend. [Refrain]

4 To all who need a Savior,
My Friend I’ll recommend;
Because He brought salvation,
Is why I am His friend. [Refrain]

Timeless Truths

Author: Johnson Oatman

Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church. Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher. For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: They tried my Lord and Master
Title: I'll Be a Friend to Jesus
Author: Johnson Oatman (1922)
Meter: D
Language: English
Refrain First Line: I'll be a friend to Jesus
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 7 of 7)

Church Gospel Songs and Hymns #410

Melodies of Love #24

New Songs of Inspiration (vol. one) #14

Praise for the Lord (Expanded Edition) #312

Sacred Selections for the Church #208


Timeless Truths #136

Tuneful Tidings #27

Include 54 pre-1979 instances
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