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Hymn score of: O Jesus, Friend unfailing - The unfailing Friend (Samuel Christian Gottfried Küster/Hannah K. Burlingham/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

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O Jesus, Friend unfailing - The unfailing Friend
(Samuel Christian Gottfried Küster/Hannah K. Burlingham/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

The unfailing Friend.

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. PDF - Midi

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 and mine;
bought with thy blood post 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!

Hannah K. Burlingham, Wayside Songs, 1901, 144-146.
Translated from the German O Jesus, Freund der Seelen
of Samuel Christian Gottfried Küster.

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