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Jesus is a friend of mine

Why should I charge my soul with care

Author: John Henry Sammis
Tune: [Why should I charge my soul with care?]
Published in 38 hymnals

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1 Why should I charge my soul with care?
The wealth of ev'ry mine
Belongs to Christ, God’s Son and Heir,
And He’s a Friend of mine.

Yes, He’s a Friend of mine,
And He with me doth all things share;
Since all is Christ’s, and Christ is mine,
Why should I have a care?
For Jesus is a Friend of mine.

2 The silver moon, the golden sun,
The countless stars that shine,
Are His alone, yes, ev'ry one,
And He’s a Friend of mine. (Chorus)

3 He daily spreads a glorious feast,
And at His table dine
The whole creation, man and beast,
And He’s a Friend of mine. (Chorus)

4 And when He comes in bright array,
And leads the conquering line,
It will be glory then to say,
And He’s a Friend of mine. (Chorus)

Source: Favorite Hymns of Praise #199

Author: John Henry Sammis

John H. Sammis was born in Brooklyn. He moved to Logansport, Indiana when ye was 22, where he was converted to Christianity. He was active in the Y.M.C.A., serving as secretary for the Terre Haute Association and later becoming State Secretary. After this, he studied at Lane and McCormack seminaries and was ordained in the Presbyterian church at Glidden, Iowa. He also pastored churches in Indianapolis, Grand Haven, MI, Red Wing and St. Paul, Minn. In 1909 he became associated with the Los Angeles Bible Institute. He wrote more that 100 hymns. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Why should I charge my soul with care
Title: Jesus is a friend of mine
Author: John Henry Sammis
Refrain First Line: Yes, He's a friend of mine
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #2327
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Small Church Music #5919
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