Joseph Scriven

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Birthday
10, 1819
Birthplace
Ireland
Death Date
Aug 10, 1886 (66)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
10, 1819
Birthplace
Ireland
Death Date
Aug 10, 1886 (66)

About

Nineteenth-century Irish poet who is best remembered for "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," a verse that was set to music as a popular hymn.

Before Fame

He attended Trinity College, Dublin and later immigrated to Canada.

Trivia

His romantic life was marked by tragedy: his first fiancee drowned on the eve of their wedding, and his second wife-to-be died of pneumonia.

Family Life

He was born into a wealthy family in Banbridge, Ireland.

Associated With

John Tesh performed a cover of Scriven's poem-turned-hymn, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus."