One there is, above all others, Well deserves the name of Friend

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1 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.

2 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.

3 When he lived on earth abased,
"Friend of sinners" was his name;
Now above all glory raised,
he rejoices in the same;
still he calls them brethren, friends,
and to all their wants attends.

4 Could we bear from one another
what he daily bears from us?
Yet this glorious Friend and Brother
loves us though we treat him thus:
though for good we render ill,
he accounts us brethren still.

5 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 love you as we ought.


Source: Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #186

Author: John Newton

Newton, John, who was born in London, July 24, 1725, and died there Dec. 21, 1807, occupied an unique position among the founders of the Evangelical School, due as much to the romance of his young life and the striking history of his conversion, as to his force of character. His mother, a pious Dissenter, stored his childish mind with Scripture, but died when he was seven years old. At the age of eleven, after two years' schooling, during which he learned the rudiments of Latin, he went to sea with his father. His life at sea teems with wonderful escapes, vivid dreams, and sailor recklessness. He grew into an abandoned and godless sailor. The religious fits of his boyhood changed into settled infidelity, through the study of Shaftesbury and… Go to person page >

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