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I’ve found a friend, O such a friend

I’ve found a friend, O such a friend. James Grindlay Small* (1817-1888). According to JJ, p. 1590, this was published in Small’s Psalms and Sacred Songs (1866), but no copy of this book has been found. 1866 is normally given as the first publication, but according to Gordon Taylor it was printed earlier in The Revival Hymn Book, second series (1864), compiled by William Booth* (Taylor, 1989, p. 87). It became very popular after its inclusion in Gospel Hymns No 3 (1878), to a tune, FRIEND, by George C. Stebbins*. In Britain it was found in the Scottish Church Hymnary (1898), and in many 20th-century books, beginning with the Wesleyan Methodist Hymn Book (1904). Hymnbooks are divided into...

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