Through the long years,
I have wandered without end,
But, God has saved me many tears
By giving me a Friend.
This Friend, so the wise men say,
"Sticketh closer than a brother,"
He gives without expecting pay,
And loves as deep as a mother.
My Friend is more than just someone
To share a heavy load,
He rejoices with me in the noonday sun
As I travel life's winding road.
When the road turns, I have grown to learn,
On this ... I can trust and rely:
I can always depend on my Faithful Friend
To give help without demanding, why.
What more could one ask, as he faces a task
Too bewildering to comprehend,
Than someone to care enough to share
The burden of a mutual friend.
No matter if I roam so far from home
That its memories have withered away,
I know in the end, I will dwell with my Friend
At the close of life's long Day.