Christ a Friend. Rom. 5. 7; Prov. 18. 24; Song 5. 16

J. Newton                                    8.7.7.

One there is, above all others,
Well deserves the name of Friend;
His is love beyond a brother’s –
Costly, free, and knows no end;
They who once his kindness prove,
Find it everlasting love.

Which of all our friends, to save us,
Could or would have shed his blood;
But our Jesus died to have us
Reconciled in him to God.
This was boundless love indeed!
Jesus is a Friend in need!

O for grace our hearts to soften!
Teach us, Lord, at length to love;
We, alas! forget too often
What a Friend we have above.
But when home our souls are brought,
We will praise thee as we ought.


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