What a Friend We Have is Jesus

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 forfect;
O what needles pain we bear;
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer.

Have we trails 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?
Previous Savior, still our refuge --
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do the friends despise, forsake; thee?
Take it is the Lord in prayer.
In His arms He'll take and 'shied thee.
Thou will find a solace there.

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What a Friend We Have in Jesus" is a Christian hymn originally written by Joseph M. Scriven as a poem in 1855 to comfort his mother who was living in Ireland while he was in Canada. Scriven originally published the poem anonymously, and only received full credit for it in the 1880s. The tune to the hymn was composed by Charles Crozat Converse in 1868. William Bolcom composed a setting of the hymn.