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Speak gently, it is better far

Speak gently, it is better far

Author: G. W. Hangford
Published in 106 hymnals

Full Text

1 Speak gently--it is better far
To rule by love than fear;
Speak gently--let no harsh word mar
The good we may do here.

2 Speak gently to the young, for they
Will have enough to bear;
Pass through this life as best they may,
'Tis full of anxious care.

3 Speak gently to the aged one,
Grieve not the careworn heart;
The sands of life are nearly run--
Let them in peace depart.

4 Speak gently to the erring ones;
They must have toiled in vain;
Perchance unkindness made them so;
Oh, win them back again!

5 Speak gently--'tis a little thing,
Dropped in the heart's deep well;
The good, the joy, that it may bring,
Eternity shall tell.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #706

Author: G. W. Hangford

19th Century We have little data on Hangford, except that he once held a position in India, and died between 1847 & 1867. Presumably he was British; his only known hymn was published in the London Magazine in 1848. --www.hymntime.com/tch/ Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Speak gently, it is better far
Author: G. W. Hangford

Notes

Speak gently; it is better far. [Gentleness.] Usually attributed to George Washington Hangford, and dated 1847. In Sharpe's London Magazine, Feb. 1848.

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

Tune

SAWLEY (Walch)

This tune was composed by James Walch in 1857 for a children's anniversary, and was published in 1860 with other tunes for private circulation. It was wrongly assigned, in the early editions of [The Free Church Hymnal, 1888] to the Rev. F. Pigou. Scottish church music: its sources and composers, 189…

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Instances

Instances (1 - 100 of 106)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #285Text
A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #285Page Scan
A Collection of Millennial Hymns, Adapted to the Present Order of the Church #d112
A Collection of Spiritual Hymns: adapted to the Various Kinds of Christian Worship, and especially designed for the use of the Brethren in Christ. 2nd ed. #837Page Scan
A Junior Hymnal with Song Stories and Worship Programs #d84
Chapel Treasures (Christ Chapel Sabbath-School, Lebanon, PA) #178Page Scan
Children's Praise #42Page Scan
Christian Hymn and Tune Book, for use in Churches, and for Social and Family Devotions #698Page Scan
Christian Science Hymnal #60Page Scan
Christian Science Hymnal #213Page Scan
Christian Science Hymnal #315Tune Info
Christian Science Hymnal #316
Christian Science Hymnal: a selection of spiritual songs #60aPage Scan
Christian Science Hymnal: a selection of spiritual songs #60bPage Scan
Christian Science Hymnal: a selection of spiritual songs #60cPage Scan
Christian Science Hymnal: a selection of spiritual songs #60Page Scan
Grammar School Hymn Book #d222
Heart and Voice #d231
Heart and Voice #d234
Hymn and Tune Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (Round Note Ed.) #911Page Scan
Hymn Book for Christian Worship #445Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Colored M.E. Church in America #d473
Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South #911Page Scan
Hymns and Songs of Praise for Public and Social Worship #1182Page Scan
Hymns for Children and Young Persons #d370
Hymns for First-Day Schools #118Page Scan
Hymns for First-Day Schools (Rev. and Enl.) #118Page Scan
Hymns for Schools: with appropriate selections from scripture and tunes suited to the metres of the hymns (3rd ed.) #88Page Scan
Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #640Page Scan
Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #640Page Scan
Hymns for the Sanctuary and Social Worship: with tunes #718Page Scan
Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d974
Hymns in Harmony with Modern Thought #108Page Scan
Hymns of Progress #d158
Hymns of the Church, Ancient and Modern: for the use of all who love to sing the praises of God in Christ, in the family, the school, or the church; with a discourse on music as a divine ordinance... #394Page Scan
International Song Service: with Bright Gems from fifty authors, for Sunday-schools, gospel meetings, missionary and young people's societies, prayer-meetings, etc. #218Page Scan
Kind Words #d83
Kind Words: a new collection of hymns and tunes for sunday schools and the social circle #9Page Scan
Little Sacred Songs for Little Singers of the primary department of the Sunday school, and for Kindergartens and the home #24Page Scan
Methodist Social Hymn Book #133Page Scan
Our New Book for Sunday Schools, Prayer, Praise and Gospel Meetings #d57
Peerless Praise : a collection of hymns and music for the Sabbath school, with a complete department of elementary instruction in the theory and pract #115Page Scan
Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #1048Page Scan
Progressive Songster #d115
Pure Gold for the Sunday School #d118
Sabbath School Bell No. 2: a superior collection of choice tunes, newly arranged and composed, and a large number of excellent hymns written expressly for this work, which are well adapted for... #42Page Scan
Sabbath Songs #d146
Sacred Songs For Public Worship: a hymn and tune book #62Page Scan
School Recreations: the Catholic Teacher's Companion. 5th ed. #d95
Select Progressive Spiritual Hymns and Songs #d47
Select Songs for the Singing Service in the Prayer Meeting and Sunday School #d251
Select Songs for the Sunday School #d255
Soldier's Friend #d73
Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #ad1000
Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian Worship #801Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian worship #801Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian Worship #801Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #801Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary; or, Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Words only) #801Page Scan
Songs of Conquest No. l #d73
Songs of Praise: a selection of standard hymns and tunes for the Sunday-shcools and social meetings #269Page Scan
Songs of the Church: or, hymns and tunes for Christian worship #503Page Scan
Spiritual Melodies. Enl. & impr. ed. #d324
Spiritual Songs of the First National Association of Spiritualists #d98
Sunday School Hymn Book #d386
Sunday School Service and Hymn Book arranged by the Sunday School Committee #d139
Sunday School Service Book and Hymnal #150Page Scan
Sunday-School Hymns #150Page Scan
Temple Melodies: a collection of about two hundred popular tunes, adapted to nearly five hundred favorite hymns, selected with special reference to public, social, and private worship #488Page Scan
The American School Hymn Book. (New ed.) #CLXXVIII[CLXVIII]Page Scan
The Anniversaary and Sunday School Music Book No. 1-5 #d158
The Association Hymn Book #d113
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book: being "The Plymouth Collection" enlarged and adapted to the use of Baptist churches #1048Page Scan
The Baptist Praise Book #920Page Scan
The Christian Psalmist #d601
The Church Hymn Book #d879
The Golden Harp #d289
The Harp #511Page Scan
The Hour of Praise #d59
The Hymnist: Heart Hymns and Home Melodies #d94
The Jubilee Harp: a choice selection of psalmody, ancient and modern, designed for use in public and social worship #784Page Scan
The Junior Hymnal #d96
The Liberal Hymn Book: a collection of liberal songs adapted to popular tunes. For use in liberal leagues and other meetings, and in liberal homes #124Page Scan
The New Christian Harp. 10th ed. #d213
The New Jubilee Harp, or Christian hymns and songs. a new collection of hymns and tunes for public and social worship. #550
The Polyphonic; or Juvenile Choralist; containing a great variety of music and hymns, both new & old, designed for schools and youth #71cPage Scan
The Primary Hymnal #d113
The Psalms of Life: A Compilation of Psalms, Hymns, Chants, Anthems, &c. Embodying the Spiritual, Progressive and Reformatory Sentiment of the Present Age #444Page Scan
The Sabbath School Hymnal #d127
The Sabbath School Hymnal, a collection of songs, services and responses for Jewish Sabbath schools, and homes 4th rev. ed. #123Page Scan
The Saints' Harp #d773
The Saints' Hymnal #d261
The Service Hymnal with an introductory service #124Page Scan
The Service of Praise #d281
The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #687Page Scan
The St. Alban Hymnal #d389
The Sweet Singer: a collection of hymns and tunes for Sunday-schools. Together with a variety suitable for day-schools, revival occasions, and the family circle #98Page Scan
The Truth Seeker Collection of Forms, Hymns and Recitations, Original and Selected, for the Use of Liberals #d321
The Union Harp and Revival Chorister. Rev ed. #d328
The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #706TextPage Scan



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