1 Lend a helping hand, my brother,
To the weary by the way,
Bow’d beneath life’s heavy burdens
‘Mid the toil and heat of day;
Pass no comrade by in silence,
Cheerful words and smiles bestow,
Let them be as sunshine scattered
All along their path below.
Lend a helping hand, my brother,
This shall have its own reward,
And the good you do another
Is remembered by the Lord.
2 Lend a helping hand, my brother,
Some one needs your help each day,
Always someone needing comfort
You will find along the way.
Always hearts that hunger after
Words of love, and hope, and cheer—
Always faces we may brighten
With the smile that dries the tear. [Refrain]
3 In the march of life, my brother
Many falter by the way,
Often heart and courage fails them
In the moment of the fray.
Speak the word of cheer that’s needed,
Bid them ask God’s help, and then,
With a hand that’s strong but gentle,
Lift them to their feet again. [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: Lend A Helping HandFirst Line: Lend a helping hand, my brotherTune Title: LOS PADRESAuthor: Eben E. RexfordMeter: 87.87.87 DSource: Young People's Songs of Praise, by I. Allan Sankey (Chicago: Biglow & Main, 1902)