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360: O JESUS, Friend unfailing

by Samuel C. G. Kaester, (1762-1838)
tr. by Miss H. K. Burlingham.

sung to Day of Rest midi score
by J. W. Elliott (1833-1915)

1 O JESUS, Friend unfailing,
How dear art Thou to me!
Are cares or fears assailing?
I find my strength in Thee!
Why should my feet grow weary
Of this my pilgrim way?
Rough though the path and dreary,
It ends in perfect day!

2 Nought, nought I count as pleasure,
Compared, O Christ, with Thee!
Thy sorrow, without measure,
Earned peace and joy for me.
I love to own, Lord Jesus,
Thy claims o'er me divine,
Bought with Thy blood most precious,
Whose can I be but Thine!

3 What fills my heart with gladness?
'Tis Thine abounding grace!
Where can I look in sadness,
But, Jesus, on Thy face?
My all is Thy providing ---
Thy love can ne'er grow cold;
In Thee, my Refuge, hiding ---
No good wilt Thou withhold.

4 Why should I droop in sorrow?
Thou'rt ever by my side!
Why, trembling, dread the morrow?
What ill can e'er betide?
If I my cross have taken,
'Tis but to follow Thee;
If scorned, despised, forsaken,
Nought severs Thee from me.

5 O worldly pomp and glory,
Your charms are spread in vain!
I've heard a sweeter story!
I've found a truer gain!
Where Christ a place prepareth,
There is my loved abode;
There shall I gaze on Jesus:
There shall I dwell with God.

6 For every tribulation,
For every sore distress,
In Christ I've full salvation,
Sure help and quiet rest.
No fear of foes prevailing,
I triumph, Lord, in Thee!
O Jesus, Friend unfailing,
How dear art Thou to me!

Alternative tunes (

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Aurelia midi score
Baptisma midi score
Cliff College midi score
Confidence midi score
Dedekam midi score
Deutschland midi score
Dublin midi score
Ellacombe midi score
Ewing midi score
Farewell midi score
Fulness midi score
Hankey midi score
Lancashire midi score
Llanelly midi score
Lymington midi score
Missionary midi score
Munich midi score
Passion Chorale midi score
Petition midi score
Remembrance midi score
Seine midi score
Sovereign Grace midi score
St. Christopher midi score
St. Hilda midi score
St. Theodulph midi score
Thankfulness midi score
Watcher midi score
Webb midi score
Work midi score