1 Oh, speak kind words where'er you be,
As thro' this world you go,
Let kindly deeds beside your path
Like flow'rs of beauty grow;
The fragrance of a loving word
Will linger in the heart,
As sweetness haunts the flow'rs we prize
When summer days depart.
Kind words are always best,
Kind words are always best;
You will find, where'er you go,
Kind words are always best.
2 Yes, speak kind words in ev'ry place,
Although you do not know
The good your loving words may do
To those who need them so;
For God will know and surely he
In his good time and way,
The giver of a helpful word
Will royally repay. [Chorus]
3 Then, speak kind words whate'er you do;
Too brief is human life
To waste the hours as they go by
In discord and in strife;
Give one and all a loving word
Just put them to the test,
And you will find in ev'ry place
Kind words are always best. [Chorus]
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 >