A Friend That Sticketh Closer Than a Brother
John Newton, 1779, from Olney Hymns, vol. 1, hymn 53
|One there is, above all others,|
Well deserves the name of friend;
His is love beyond a brother's,
Costly, free, and knows no end:
They who once his kindness prove,
Find it everlasting love!
2. Which of all our friends to save us,
3. Men, when raised to lofty stations,
|4. When he lived on earth abased,|
Friend of sinners was his name;
Now, above all glory raised,
He rejoices in the same:
Still he calls them brethren, friends,
And to all their wants attends.
5. Could we bear from one another,
6. O for grace our hearts to soften!