I’ve Found a Friend

“Counselor”, at the time, had two “l”s.

Verse 1:
I’ve found a Friend; oh, such a Friend!
He loved me ere I knew Him;
He drew me with the cords of love,
And then He bound me to Him.
And ’round my heart still closely twine
Those ties which which naught can sever,
For I am His, and He is mine,
Forever and forever.

Verse 2:
I’ve found a Friend; oh, such a Friend!
He bled, He died to save me;
And not alone the gift of life,
But His own self He gave me.
Naught that I have my own I call,
I hold it for the Giver:
My heart, my strength, my life, my all,
Are His, and His forever.

Verse 3:
I’ve found a Friend; oh, such a Friend!
All power to Him is given;
To guard me on my onward course,
And bring me safe to heaven.
Th’eternal glories gleam afar,
To nerve my faint endeavor:
So now to watch, to work, to war,
And then to rest forever.

Verse 4:
I’ve found a Friend; oh, such a Friend!
So kind, and true, and tender.
So wise a Counsellor and Guide,
So mighty a Defender!
From Him, who loves me now so well,
What power my soul can sever?
Shall life or death, or earth or hell?
No; I am His forever.

J.G. Small/Geo. C. Stebbins

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