I’ve found a friend in Jesus, He’s everything to me
I’ve found a friend in Jesus, He’s everything to me. Charles William Fry* (1837-1882).
A note found by Fry’s widow after his death indicated that this hymn had been written in June 1881 at Lincoln at the house of a friend called Wilkinson. Before Fry’s death, however, it had been sung at a holiness convention at the Wesleyan Chapel at City Road, London, on 20 December 1881. It was first published in The War Cry (29 December 1881), and then in Salvation Music Vol 2 (1883). In the USA it was printed, according to Reynolds, in a Supplement by J.S. Inskip to Songs of Triumph (Philadelphia, 1885, First Edition 1882). It became widely known when it was printed in Gospel Hymns No 5 (1887).
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