I Have A Friend Indeed A Friend I Often


I have a friend indeed,
A friend I often need,
And when I need him he is always near,
To chide me when I’m wrong,
To fill my heart with song,
Or make the hidden way seem clear.

Refrain:
He is a friend of mine,
He is a friend of mine,
The ruler of the land and sea,
And yet he loveth me;
He is a friend of mine,
He is a friend of mine,
I would that you might know him too,
This friend of mine.

Now Jesus is his name,
His love is e’er the same;
And though my love for him may feeble grow,
Still through my tears I see
My friend awaiting me
And hand in hand we onward go. [Refrain]

It is enough for me
To know that he will be
A friend when all the rest forget my name;
When through the gates of gold
My chariot wheels have rolled,
He’ll be my loving friend the same. [Refrain]