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O the Good We All May Do

O the little deed of kindness

Author: W. C. Hafley
Tune: [O the little deed of kindness]
Published in 2 hymnals

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Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1. O the little deed of kindness,
Like the little grains of sand,
May restrain life’s many troubles
As these ’gainst the ocean stand.

Going by, going by,
Going by, going by,
Precious souls will rise to bless us,
While the days are going by.

2. See the tears along the wayside,
See the sorrow, sore distress;
Many, many hearts are breaking,
Help to give the weary rest. [Refrain]

3. We can cheer the weak, the fainting,
If but words we have to give;
We can tell them of a Savior,
How He died that they might live! [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #5374

Author: W. C. Hafley

W. C. Hafley, author, composer and teacher; born in McMinn County, Tenn., Sept. 28th, 1839; educated in the common schools of his native county, but being a great lover of books, earnestly sought to improve himself by the reading of books, spending his evenings studying "Kirkam's Grammar" and the Bible, while listening to his father playing "Arkansaw Traveler," "Fisher's Hornpipe," etc., on a well-worn violin; served in the Confederate Army, but so well had he spent his time with his books in his tent that on his return he was called to take charge of a school, which profession he followed for fifteen years, and in 1883 was elected superintendent of schools in his native county; attended a session of the S.N.M.I., held at Dalton, Ga., the y… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O the little deed of kindness
Title: O the Good We All May Do
Author: W. C. Hafley
Refrain First Line: Going by, going by
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #5374
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The Cyber Hymnal #5374

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