1 The sun may raise the grass to life,
The dew the drooping flow’r;
And eyes grow bright, and watch the light
Of Autumn’s opening hour;
But words that breathe of tenderness,
And smiles we know are true,
And warmer than the summer time,
And brighter than the dew.
Forward, O Christian forces,
Carry the Spirit’s sword,
Gather your vast resources,
Conquer the world for God.
2 It is not much the world can give,
With all its subtle art;
And gold and gems are not the things
To satisfy the heart;
But O! if those who cluster round
The altar and the hearth
Have gentle words and loving smiles,
How beautiful is earth. [Refrain]
Robert Lowry was born in Philadelphia, March 12, 1826. His fondness for music was exhibited in his earliest years. As a child he amused himself with the various musical instruments that came into his hands. At the age of seventeen he joined the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, and soon became an active worker in the Sunday-school as teacher and chorister.
At the age of twenty-two he gave himself to the work of the ministry, and entered upon a course of study at the University of Lewisburg, Pa. At the age of twenty-eight he was graduated with the highest honors of his class. In the same year of his graduation, he entered upon the work of the ministry. He served as pastor at West Chester, Pa., 1851-1858; in New York City, 1859-1861;… Go to person page >