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Kind Words Can Never Die

Kind words can never die; cherished and blest

Author (attributed to): Abby Hutchinson Patton
Tune: [Kind words can never die, cherished and blest] (Patton)
Published in 122 hymnals

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1 Kind words can never die,
Cherished and blest,
God knows how deep they lie,
Stored in the breast:
Like childhood’s simple rhymes,
Said o’er a thousand times,
Aye, in all years and climes,
Distant and near.
Kind words can never die,
Never die, never die;
Kind words can never die,
No, never die.

2 Sweet tho'ts can never die,
Tho’, like the flow’rs,
Their brightest hues may fly,
In wintry hours.
But when the gentle dew
Gives them their charms anew,
With many an added hue
They bloom again.
Sweet tho'ts can never die,
Never die, never die;
Sweet tho'ts can never die,
No, never die.

3 Our souls can never die,
Tho’ in the tomb
We all may have to lie,
Wrapped in its gloom.
What tho’ the flesh decay,
Souls pass in peace away,
Live thro’ eternal day
With Christ above.
Our souls can never die,
Never die, never die;
Our souls can never die,
No, never die.

Source: Lutherförbundets Sångbok #E116

Author (attributed to): Abby Hutchinson Patton

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Kind words can never die. [Goodness Undying in its Fruits.] This popular piece for children is usually ascribed to "Miss Abby Hutchinson."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)


Kind words can never die, p. 1576, i. Given in Horace Waters's New Sabbath School Bell, No. 1, 1859, No. 1, p. 24, as "Words by M. Music by Sister Abby of the Hutchinson Family." The words, therefore, must remain Anon. for the present. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



The Cyber Hymnal #3536
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Timeless Truths #452
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