Joseph Scriven, 1820-1886.

Joseph Scriven. Mr. Sankey, in his Life and Sacred Songs, 1906, page 279, says that Scriven was born in Dublin in 1820, was a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and went to Canada when he was 25, and died there at Port Hope on Lake Ontario in 1886. His hymn "What a Friend we have in Jesus" (Jesus our Friend) was, according to Mr Sankey, discovered to be his in the following manner: 'A neighbour, sitting up with him in his illness, happened upon a manuscript of 'What a Friend we have in Jesus'. Reading it with great delight, and questioning Mr. Scriven about it, he said he had composed it for his mother, to comfort her in a time of special sorrow, not intending anyone else should see it'. We find the hymn in H.L. Hastings' Social Hymns, Original and Selected, 1865, no. 242, and his Songs of Pilgrimage, 1886, no 1291, where it is attributed to "Joseph Scriven, cir. 1855". It is found in many modern collections.

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WHAT a Friend we have in Jesus

by Joseph Medicott Scriven (1819-1886)

1 WHAT a Friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit!
Oh, what needless pain we bear!
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer.

2 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.

3 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 thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer;
In His arms He'll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

Johannes 15:13 Ingen har större kärlek än att han ger sitt liv för sina vänner.