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Kind Words for All

How dark were life, with naught to cheer

Author: J. M. Evans
Published in 7 hymnals

Representative Text

1 How dark were life, with naught to cheer
The pilgrim on his way;
No smile of love to light the gloom,
No kind word's cheering ray.

Chorus: Kind words then speak to all,
Kind words a soul may save;
Kind words thy life will bless,
And crown as honored grave.

2 The soul by sorrow oft oppressed,
Must sink beneath his weight,
If no kind word is ever said,
To cheer life's saddened fate. [Chorus]

3 Spurn not from thee, with bitter taunt,
The outcast steeped in sin;
But with kind words to cheer and bless,
That soul to virtue win. [Chorus]

4 When sorrows try--when cares annoy,
Strike no discord last note;
But, on the wings of every breath
Let words of kindness float. [Chorus]

Source: Kind Words: a new collection of hymns and tunes for sunday schools and the social circle #59

Author: J. M. Evans

Evans, John M. (Hilltown, Pennsylvania, November 30, 1825--?). Baptist. Appointed superintendent of the Sunday School at Tenth Baptist Church, Philadelphia, in 1854. Under his direction, the Sunday School became the first in that city to make music a prominent feature of its activities. In 1872, he was elected President of the Baptist Sunday School Association of Philadelphia. Author of several hymns and tunes. Included in Devotional Hymn Book (Philadelphia, 1864) is the text "Amid the joyous scenes of earth" which is interesting in that the refrain is the same as the one for the Doddridge text "Oh, happy day, that fixed my choice." --Deborah Carlton Loftis, DNAH Archives Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: How dark were life, with naught to cheer
Title: Kind Words for All
Author: J. M. Evans
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Kind words then speak to all
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 7 of 7)
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Bright Jewels for the Sunday School #48a

Kind Words #d29

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Kind Words #59

Our Treasury of Song, for Use in the Emmanuel Baptist Church #d83

Sunday School Hymns. New and improved ed. #d22

The Children's Choir #d18

The Revival Helper #66

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