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Joseph Scriven

(1819 – 1886)

TUNE: Converse

What a Friend we have in Jesus

Born in Dublin Scriven emigrated to Canada, after his fiancee was drowned on the eve of their planned wedding. There his life was wholly given to Christ. Scriven never intended this hymn to be published; shortly before his death a friend found some of the lines in his room. He asked him how he came to write them. Scriven replied that he did so in order to bring comfort to his mother when she was seriously ill ; he said that ” The Lord and I did it between us.”


What a Friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything 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 sorrows 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 your friends despise, forsake you?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you;
You will find a solace there.


Blessed Saviour, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded
There will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise and endless worship
Will be our sweet portion there.