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The helping word

If any little word of mine May make a dark life brighter

Author: F. E. Belden
Tune: [If any little word of mine] (Hakes)
Published in 2 hymnals

Representative Text

1 If any little word of mine
May make a dark life brighter,
If any little song of mine
May make a sad heart lighter.

God help me speak the helping word,
And sweeten it with singing.
And drop it in some lonely vale,
To set the echoes ringing.

2 If any little love of mine
May make a hard life sweeter,
If any little care of mine
May make a friend's the fleeter. [Chorus]

3 If any little lift of mine
May ease a toiler bending,
God give me love, and care, and strength,
We live for Him by lending. [Chorus]

Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #559

Author: F. E. Belden

Belden was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1858. He began writing music in his late teenage years after moving to California with his family. For health reasons he later moved to Colorado. He returned to Battle Creek with his wife in the early 1880s, and there he became involved in Adventist Church publishing. F. E. Belden wrote many hymn tunes, gospel songs, and related texts in the early years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Belden was able to rapidly write both music and poetry together which enabled him to write a song to fit a sermon while it was still being delivered. He also wrote songs for evang­el­ist Bil­ly Sun­day. Though Belden’s later years were marred by misunderstandings with the church leadership over his royal… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: If any little word of mine May make a dark life brighter
Title: The helping word
Author: F. E. Belden
Language: English
Refrain First Line: God help me speak the helping word
Copyright: Public Domain



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Christ in Song #559

The Church Hymnal #629

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