Scripture Verse

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

Introduction

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Eliza E. Hewitt
1851–1920

Words: Eli­za E. Hew­itt, in The Fin­est of the Wheat Num­ber Three, by George D. El­der­kin et al. (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: George D. El­der­kin, 1904), num­ber 50.

Music: Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William J. Kirkpatrick
1838–1921

Lyrics

When I’m sad and hea­vy la­den,
Burdened with the weight of sin,
Jesus is the ve­ry friend I need;
To the blood­stained cross He points me,
And He gives me peace with­in,
Jesus is the ve­ry friend I need.

Refrain

O, He is the best of friends,
For His good­ness ne­ver ends,
And His love will ev­ery hu­man thought ex­ceed;
Let me love Him more and more,
’Till I stand on glo­ry’s shore;
O, Je­sus is the ve­ry friend I need.

When I’m strug­gling with temp­t­ation,
When my strength shall al­most fail,
Jesus is the ve­ry friend I need;
For His arm will bring de­liv­er­ance,
And His grace will still pre­vail,
Jesus is the ve­ry friend I need.

Refrain

When I drink the cup of sor­row,
When I tread the path of grief,
Jesus is the ve­ry friend I need;
In His Word is con­so­la­tion,
In His pre­sence sweet re­lief,
Jesus is the ve­ry friend I need.

Refrain

When I reach the si­lent ri­ver,
When I wait be­side the tide,
Jesus is the ve­ry friend I need;
He will bear me o’er the bil­lows
To the ra­di­ant morn­ing side,
Jesus is the ve­ry friend I need.

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