Welch ein treuer Freund ist Jesus

Author: Joseph Medlicott Scriven

Joseph M. Scriven (b. Seapatrick, County Down, Ireland, 1819; d. Bewdley, Rice Lake, ON, Canada, 1886), an Irish immigrant to Canada, wrote this text near Port Hope, Ontario, in 1855. Because his life was filled with grief and trials, Scriven often needed the solace of the Lord as described in his famous hymn. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, he enrolled in a military college to prepare for an army career. However, poor health forced him to give up that ambition. Soon after came a second blow—his fiancée died in a drowning accident on the eve of their wedding in 1844. Later that year he moved to Ontario, where he taught school in Woodstock and Brantford. His plans for marriage were dashed again when his new bride-to-be di… Go to person page >

Translator: A. Flammann

(no biographical information available about A. Flammann.) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Welch ein treuer Freund ist Jesus
English Title: What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Author: Joseph Medlicott Scriven
Translator: A. Flammann
Language: German

Tune

CONVERSE

CONVERSE (also "Erie", named for the city in Pennsylvania where the composer lived for many years) was written in 1868 and published two years later in his Silver Wings under the pseudonym Karl Reden. The tune has also been called "Friendship." –Hymnal Companion to the Lutheran Book of Worship

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Deutsches Lieder- und Melodienbuch, mit einem Anhang englisher Lieder #d366

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Erweckungs-Lieder #35

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Evangeliums-Lieder 1 und 2 (Gospel Hymns) #27

Evangeliums-Lieder, Gospel Hymns mit deutschen Kernliedern #d198

Evangeliums-Saenger #d237

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Frohe Lieder #208

Gesang und Melodienbuch #d636

Glaubens-Lieder #d529

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Jugendharfe #186

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Liederkranz für Sonntags-Schulen und Jugend-Vereine #318

Sammlung neuer, geistlicher Lieder fuer Gemischten Chor #d51

The Selah Song Book (Das Sela Gesangbuch) #d773

Unser Liederhort. I Teil. Sammlung auserlesener Lieder ... #d308

Zionslieder fuer alle christlichen Zusammenkuensste. 5 Aussl. #d168

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