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CHRIST A REDEEMER AND FRIEND




Poor, weak and worthless
though I am
I have a rich almighty Friend;
Jesus, the Savior, is His Name;
He freely loves, and without end.


He ransomed me
from hell with blood,
And by His power my foes controlled;
He found me wandering far from God,
And brought me to His chosen fold.


He cheers my heart,
my wants supplies,
And says that I shall shortly be,
Enthroned with Him above the skies;
O what a Friend is Christ to me!


But, ah! my inmost spirit mourns;
And well my eyes
with tears may swim,
To think of my perverse returns:
I’ve been a faithless friend to Him.


Often my gracious Friend I grieve,
Neglect, distrust, and disobey;
And often Satan’s lies believe
Sooner than all my Friend can say.


He bids me always freely come,
And promises whate’er I ask:
But I am straitened, cold and dumb,
And count my privilege a task


Before the world
that hates His course,
My treach’rous heart
has throbbed with shame;
Loath to forego the worlds applause,
I hardly dare avow His Name.


Sure, were I not most vile and base,
I could not thus my Friend requite!
And were not He the God of grace,
He’d frown and spurn me
from His sight.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1779
      Bible Refs: 2 Sa 16:17; Jn 15:13;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1981# 349
      MUSIC
      Name: HAMBURG (BOSTON)
      Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1824,1825
        SCORE PREVIEW
        score
        ALTERNATIVE TUNES
        Name meter
        8 8 8 8 (L.M.)

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