Author of the Lyrics
The author of the encouraging
words of the "Jesus Friend of Sinners" lyrics, Charles Irvin Junkin (September 24, 1857-January 19, 1927),
was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States and
achieved fame as a evangelist, pastor and hymn writer.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "Jesus Friend of Sinners", George Coles Stebbins (February 26, 1846-October 6, 1945),
was born in Kendall, New York, United States and
became famous as a evangelist, musician and composer.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: Jesus Friend of Sinners
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Charles Irvin Junkin (September 24, 1857
to January 19, 1927)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: George Coles Stebbins (February 26, 1846 to
October 6, 1945)
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Jesus, friend of sinners, hast Thou love for me? Son of God the Holy, Man of mystery"
First Publication Date:
Jesus Friend of Sinners Lyrics
Jesus, friend of sinners, hast Thou love for me?
Son of God the Holy, Man of mystery,
Lover of the children, teacher of the wise,
Let me read the secret in Thy friendly eyes.
Jesus, friend of sinners, Thou hast read my heart,
Searching its recesses with a lover's art;
Naught have I withholden, nothing hid from Thee—
Waste, or want, or folly—things that should not be.
Jesus, friend of sinners, Thou hast touched my soul,
Not with scornful pity, not with beggar's dole;
Thou hast not despisèd men that faint or fall,
Tenderer than brother, for Thou knowest all.
Jesus, friend of sinners, bid me follow Thee,
O'er the rugged highways, e'en to Calvary;
Let me know Thy Spirit, sweet and strong and wise;
I would win the friendship in Thy loving eyes.
Jesus, friend of sinners, hold me by Thy side,
Till the shadows deepen tow'rd the eventide;
To Thy strength and beauty I would ever bend,
Till, in dawn eternal, friend shall be as friend!