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Speak Not Harshly

Speak not harshly when reproving

Author: Fanny Crosby
Tune: LYDIA (Stebbins)
Published in 2 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Speak not harshly when reproving
Those from duty’s path who stray;
If we would reclaim the erring
Kindness must each action sway.

2 Speak not harshly to the wayward—
Win their confidence—their love;
They will feel how pure the motive
That hath led us to reprove.

3 Speak not harshly to the stranger,
Thou he come in humble guise;
Think how slight a thing would kindle
Gladness in a stranger’s eyes.

4 Speak not harshly to the felon,
Though like adamant his heart;
Touch one chord of fond affection,
And the scalding tear may start.

5 Speak not harshly to the orphan,
They have borne of grief their share;
Add not to their heavy burden,
Add not to corroding care.

6 Speak not harshly, was the precept
Which to man the Savior taught—
May that precept ever guide us—
Gentle words will cost us naught.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #12760

Author: Fanny Crosby

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Text Information

First Line: Speak not harshly when reproving
Title: Speak Not Harshly
Author: Fanny Crosby
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #12760
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The Cyber Hymnal #12760

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