1 If you find a heart that’s hungry
For a word of love and cheer,
Give it gladly, as the Master
Gave to men when he was here.
Not that men may praise the give,
Not for hope of earthly gain,
But because ‘twill forge another
Link in friendship’s golden chain.
O the happiness of heaven,
If the Master says to thee:
“Ev’ry kindness to a comrade
Is a kindness unto me.”
2 O the help that may be given
To our comrades in the way,
By the kind word, fitly spoken,
As the chance comes day by day.
Many a heart is cheered and strengthened,
In the rough, hard road of life,
By the smile that comes like sunshine
Breaking thro’ the storm and strife. [Refrain]
3 Never think kind words are wasted!
When the way of earth is trod,
We shall find them all remembered
In the record book of God.
O the hearts that yearn for kindness!
O the lives that starve for love!
Let us find them, let us tell them
Of the great warm Heart above. [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 >