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(8.7.8.7.D. Iambic)

Published in “New Church Hymn Book”, Shaw, 1874.
No words were associated with this tune when it was first published, but it appears in “Hymn Tunes Composed
by Arthur Sullivan”, Novello, 1902 as “Who trusts in God”. It was associated with the words given here at an earlier date.

1 I’ve found a Friend; oh, such a Friend!   2 I’ve found a Friend; oh, such a Friend!
    He loved me ere I knew Him!       He bled, He died to save me;
  He drew me with the cords of love,     And not alone the gift of life,
    And thus He bound me to Him:       But His own self He gave me.
  And round my heart still closely twine     Nought that I have my own I call,
    Those ties which nought can sever;       I hold it for the Giver:
  For I am His, and He is mine,     My heart, my strength, my life, my all,
    For ever and for ever.       Are His and His for ever.
             
3 I’ve found a Friend; oh, such a Friend!   4 I’ve found a Friend; oh, such a Friend!
    All power to Him is given,       So kind and true and tender,
  To guard me on my onward course     So wise a Counsellor and Guide,
    And bring me safe to heaven.       So mighty a Defender.
  Eternal glories gleam afar,     From Him, Who loves me now so well,
    To nerve my faint endeavour;       What power my soul can sever?
  So now to watch, to work, to war,     Shall life or death? or earth or hell?
    And then to rest for ever.       No! I am His for ever!
             
        James Grindlay Small, 1817 - 88.

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