1 Do you know a heart that hungers for a word of love and cheer?
There are many such about you! It may be that one is near!
Look around you, if you find it, speak the word that’s needed so;
And your own heart may be strengthened by the help that you bestow.
Speak the kind word, it is needed so;
Speak the kind word, ev’rywhere you go;
Do what you can to brighten the way;
O speak the kind word when you can.
2 It may be that some one falters on the brink of sin and wrong,
And a word from you might help them—help to make the tempted strong;
Look about you! O be earnest! What a sin is yours and mine,
If we see that help is needed, and we give no friendly sign! [Refrain]
3 Never think kind words are wasted; bread on waters cast are they,
And it may be we shall find them coming back to us some day,—
Coming back when sorely needed, in a season of distress;
So, then, speak the kind word freely—gift and giver God will bless! [Refrain]
Rexford, Eben Eugene.M (Johnsburg, New York, July 16, 1848--October 16, 1916, Shiocton, Wisconsin). Horticulturalist and editor of a Wisconsin farm journal. Many of his verses were used to fill empty corners of the journal. He also wrote many books on gardening. Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.), Litt.D. Twenty-five years, organist at First Congregational Church, Shiocton.
See: Smith, Mary L.P. (1930). Eben E. Rexford; a biographical sketch. Menasha, Wis., George Banta Pub. Co.
--Leonard Ellinwood, DNAH Archives and Gabriel, Charles H. (1916). Singers and Their Songs. Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company.… Go to person page >
Display Title: Speak the Kind WordFirst Line: Do you know a heart that hungers for a word of love and cheerTune Title: [Do you know a heart that hungers for a word of love and cheer]Author: Jennie ReeDate: 1913