One there is above all others

One there is, above all others. John Newton* (1725-1807). From Olney Hymns (1779), Book I, ‘On select Passages of Scripture’, Hymn LIII, with the title ‘A friend that sticketh closer than a brother’ and a reference to Proverbs 18: 24. Later editions make two minor corrections, and JJ gives it the title ‘Jesus the Friend’: One there is, above all others, Well deserves the name of friend; His is love beyond a brother’s, Costly, free, and knows no end:   They who once his kindness prove,   Find it everlasting love!  Which of all our friends to save us, Could or would have shed their blood? But our Jesus dy’d to have us Reconcil’d, in him to God:   This was boundless love, indeed!...

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