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Category: Joseph Medlicott Scriven (1819-1886)
Joseph Medlicott Scriven (1819 – 1886) was the writer of the poem Pray Without Ceasing which became the hymn What a friend we have in Jesus. He was born at born at Ballymoney Lodge, Banbridge, Ireland. He graduated from Trinity College, Dublin. His fiancée drowned in 1845, the night before they were to be married. The grief-stricken young man moved to Canada. He first settled at Rice Lake in Ontario, and later at Port Hope and there became a private tutor to several of the local families. There he again fell in love, was due to be married and the young woman suddenly fell ill and died. He then and embraced the teachings of the Plymouth Brethren and devoted his life to helping others. He died in 1918 at Port Hope.
What A Friend We Have In Jesus Lyrics
What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.
Have we trials and temptations? ...