The One I Love

What a true and precious friend

Author: I. G. Martin
Tune: [What a true and precious friend]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

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1 What a true and precious friend
Has my Saviour always been;
He’s so kind, and so loving, and so true,
He’s as gentle as a lamb,
And as harmless as a dove,
He’s a friend that’s worth having,
He’s the one I love.

O how I love Him, the Man of Galilee,
He who died to redeem us from the fall,
He’s a friend all friends above,
He’s as harmless as a dove,
He’s a friend that’s worth having,
He’s the one I love.

2 When all wreck’d and ruined by sin,
Jesus came and took me in,
Blotting out my transgressions, ev’ry one,
Now He lives and dwells with me,
Keeps my spirit light and free,
He’s a friend that’s worth having,
He’s the friend for me. [Refrain]

3 When the tempter tries us sore,
And our hopes well nigh give o’er
And our friends and our loved ones all grow cold,
Tho’ all hell our souls assail,
Jesus helps us to prevail,
He’s a friend that stands by us
When all others fail. [Refrain]

4 When from earth I take my flight,
To that city pure and bright,
Tho’ death’s vale lies before me,
I’ll not fear,
For my Saviour’s promised me,
That my pilot He would be,
He’s a friend that ne’er leaves us,
He’s the friend for me. [Refrain]

Source: Revival Melodies #51

Author: I. G. Martin

Martin, Isaiah Guyman. (Gentry County, Missouri, April 18, 1862--August 23, 1957, Pasadena, California). Richmond School of Music; Missouri (now Kansas) Wesleyan; Iliff School of Theology. Married in 1905, two sons, one daughter. Converted at age 12, joined the Baptist Church; 1893 joined the Methodist Church and began his ministry. 1903 joined the Church of the Nazarene and in 1905 was appointed District Superintendent of "all the territory east of the Rocky Mountains." Pastored First Church of the Nazarene, Chicago; evangelist. Tenor soloist; composed songs as a hobby (around 200), frequently while playing the reed organ. "Eastern Gate" is probably his most familiar hymn. It was written as a tribute to Dr. P.F. Bresee's traditional far… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: What a true and precious friend
Title: The One I Love
Author: I. G. Martin
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O how I love Him, the Man of Galilee
Publication Date: 1921
Copyright: Public Domain


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Revival Melodies #51

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