What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Original Text: 
The Penguin Treasury of Popular Canadian Poems and Songs. Edited by John Robert Colombo. Toronto, ON: Penguin, 2002: 181-182.
1What a friend we have in Jesus,
2   All our sins and griefs to bear;
3What a privilege to carry
4   Everything to God in prayer.
5Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
6   Oh, what needless pain we bear--
7All because we do not carry
8   Everything to God in prayer.
9Have we trials and temptations?
10   Is there trouble anywhere?
11We should never be discouraged,
12   Take it to the Lord in prayer.
13Can we find a Friend so faithful,
14   Who will all our sorrows share?
15Jesus knows our every weakness,
16   Take it to the Lord in prayer.
17Are we weak and heavy laden,
18   Cumbered with a load of care?
19Precious Saviour, still our refuge,--
20   Take it to the Lord in prayer.
21Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
22   Take it to the Lord in prayer:
23In his arms he'll take and shield thee,
24   Thou wilt find a solace there.
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Publication Notes: 
Scriven, Joseph. What a friend we have in Jesus : and other hymns. Includes a sketch of the author by Rev. Jas. Cleland. Port Hope: W. Williamson, 1895.
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire, assisted by Ana Berdinskikh
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