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Little deeds of kindness

Suppose the little cowslip

Author: Fanny J. Crosby
Tune: [Suppose the little cowslip]
Published in 12 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

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1 Suppose the little cowslip
Should hang its golden cup,
And say, "I’m such a tiny flower,
I’d better not grow up!"
How many a weary traveler
Would miss the fragrant smell,
How many a little child would grieve
To lose it from the dell.
How many a little child would grieve
To lose it, to lose it,
To lose it from the dell.

2 Suppose the glistening dew drop
Upon the grass, should say,
"What can a little dew drop do?
I’d better roll away!"
The blade on which it rested,
Before the day was done,
Without a drop to moisten it,
Would wither in the sun.
Without a drop to moisten it,
Would wither, would wither,
Would wither in the sun.

3 Suppose the little breezes,
Upon a summer’s day,
Should think themselves too small to cool
The traveler on his way;
Who would not miss the smallest
And softest ones that blow,
And think they made a great mistake
In talking ever so,
And think they made a great mistake
In talking, in talking,
In talking ever so.

4 How many deeds of kindness
A little child may do,
Although it has so little strength,
And little wisdom, too.
It wants a loving spirit,
Much more than strength, to prove
How many things a child may do,
For others by his love.
How many things a child may do,
For others, for others,
For others by his love.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11246

Author: Fanny J. Crosby

Pseudonymns: A.V., Mrs. A. E. Andrews, Mrs. E. A. Andrews, Mrs. E. L. Andrews, James L. Black, Henrietta E. Blair, Charles Bruce, Robert Bruce, Leah Carlton, Eleanor Craddock, Lyman G. Cuyler, D.H.W., Ella Dare, Ellen Dare, Mrs. Ellen Douglass, Lizzie Edwards. Miss Grace Elliot, Grace J. Frances, Victoria Frances, Jennie Garnett, Frank Gould, H. D. K., Frances Hope, Annie L. James, Martha J. Lankton [Langton], Grace Lindsey, Maud Marion, Sallie Martin, Wilson Meade, Alice Monteith, Martha C. Oliver, Mrs. N. D. Plume, Kate Smiley, Sallie Smith, J. L. Sterling, John Sterling, Julia Sterling, Ida Scott Taylor, Mary R. Tilden, Hope Tryaway, Grace Tureman, Carrie M. Wilson, W.H.D. Frances Jane Crosby, the daughter of John and Mercy Crosby, w… Go to person page >

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First Line: Suppose the little cowslip
Title: Little deeds of kindness
Author: Fanny J. Crosby



The Cyber Hymnal #11246
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