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Make Some Other Heart Rejoice

Would you know earth's highest happiness

Author: Charles M. Fillmore
Tune: [Would you know earth's highest happiness?]
Published in 35 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1. Would you know earth’s highest happiness?
Would you know its greatest blessedness?
Would you know its truest joyfulness
Make some other heart rejoice.

Give a pleasant smile, speak a kindly word,
Lend a hand to help a brother;
Give a pleasant smile, speak a kindly word,
Lend a hand to help another.

2. Pleasant smiles will cheer a drooping heart,
Kindly words relieve a bitter smart,
Helping hands to weakness strength impart,
Make some other heart rejoice. [Refrain]

3. Many hearts are crushed with bitter woe,
Many hearts with grief are bending low,
Many hearts need help you can bestow,
Make some other heart rejoice. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #4150

Author: Charles M. Fillmore

Charles Millard Fillmore, 1860-1952 Born: Ju­ly 15, 1860, Par­is, Il­li­nois. Died: Sep­tem­ber 17, 1952, In­di­an­a­po­lis, In­di­a­na. Fillmore won a mu­sic schol­ar­ship at the Cin­cin­na­ti Coll­ege of Mu­sic, then taught for a year at Bath Sem­in­a­ry in Ow­ings­ville, Ken­tucky. He then tra­veled for about a year and taught sing­ing class­es in var­i­ous parts of Amer­i­ca. He then went for ad­di­tion­al mu­sic stu­dies in Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio. He stu­died for the min­is­try at But­ler Un­i­ver­si­ty in In­di­an­a­po­lis, In­di­a­na, grad­u­at­ing in 1890. He pas­tored in La­fay­ette, In­di­a­na; Shel­by­ville, In­di­a­na; was "State Evan­gel­ist" (for on… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Would you know earth's highest happiness
Title: Make Some Other Heart Rejoice
Author: Charles M. Fillmore
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Give a pleasant smile, speak a kindly word
Publication Date: 1898
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #4150
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The Cyber Hymnal #4150

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