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WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS

 

 

Joseph Scriven (1855)                                      Charles C. Converse (1868)

 

What a friend we have in Jesus,

All our sins and griefs to bear;

What a privilege to carry

Every thing to God in prayer!

O what peace we often forfeit,

O what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry

Every thing to God in prayer.

 

Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged;

Take it to the Lord in prayer,

Can we find a friend so faithful,

Who will all our sorrow share?

Jesus knows our every weakness;

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

 

Are we weak and heavy laden,

Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Saviour, still our refuge;

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?

Take it to the Lord in prayer;

In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,

Thou wilt find a solace there.

 

 

Author: Joseph Scriven, 1819-1886

The author of this song, Joseph Scriven was born in 1819 in Dublin, Ireland.  He graduated from Trinity College, Dublin.  The accidental drowning of his fiancée the night before their scheduled wedding had a great impact on his spiritual life.  He was totally changed.  At the age of twenty-five, he left his native country and migrated to Canada and led a very simple life.  He freely shared his limited possessions with those in need.  He did not even hesitate to share the clothing from his body.  He sawed wood for poor widows and sick people free of cost. 

Scriven wrote this song “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” in 1857. He never intended to publish it.  When he learned that his mother was seriously ill and being unable to be with her in far off Dublin, he wrote her a letter of comfort enclosing the words of his song “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”. 

Later once Scriven was sick, a friend called on him and saw the poem scribbled on scratch paper near the bed.  He asked Scriven whether he had written that poem.  Scriven replied,” The Lord and I did it between us”.  In 1869 a small collection of his poem was published, entitled,“Hymns and other verses”.

Scriven died in 1886 due to accidental drowning just as his fiancée.

  

Composer: Charles C. Converse, 1832-1918

The composer of this song Charles C. Converse was a well educated and talented person.  He was an excellent musician and composer with many works to his credit, but he is best remembered for the music he composed (1868) for this song of Scriven.

   

 

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