A friend of Jesus, O what bliss,
That one so vile as I
Should ever have a friend like this
To lead me to the sky.
Friendship with Jesus,
O what blessed, sweet communion,
Jesus is a friend of mine.
A friend when other friendship cease,
A friend when others fail,
A friend who gives me joy and peace,
A friend when foes assail.
A friend when sickness lays me low,
A friend when death draws near,
A friend as through the vale I go,
A friend to help and cheer.
A friend when life’s short race is o’er,
A friend when earth is past,
A friend to meet on heaven’s shore