I have called you friends. John 15:15
Words: Johnson Oatman, Jr., in New Songs of the Gospel, edited by C. Austin Miles & Maurice A. Clifton (pseudonym of J. Lincoln Hall) (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Hall-Mack, 1900), number 68. Note: This edition misspelled the first word of the lyrics as
There. Later editions corrected the error.
Music: Benjamin F. Butts (🔊 pdf nwc).
If you know where to get a good photo of Butts (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), or a better one of Oatman, would you ?
There’s One above all earthly friends
Whose love all earthly love transcends;
It is my Lord and Christ divine,
My Lord, because I know He’s mine.
I know He’s mine, this friend so dear;
He lives with me, He’s ever near;
Ten thousand charms around Him shine,
And best of all, I know He’s mine.
He’s mine because He died for me;
He saved my soul, He set me free;
With joy I worship at His shrine
Praise God, I know He’s mine.
He’s mine because He’s in my heart,
And never, never will we part;
Just as the branch is to the vine
I’m joined to Christ: I know He’s mine.
Some day upon the streets of gold
Mine eyes His glory shall behold;
Then, while His arms around me twine,
I’ll cry for joy,
I know He’s mine.