Category Archives: Kindness

No. 155

This song does not have a title. I know it as “There is a Wideness in God’s Mercy”.

Verse 1:
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy
Like the wideness of the sea;
There’s a kindness in His justice
Which is more than liberty.

Refrain:
He is calling, “Come to me!”
Lord, I gladly haste to Thee.

Verse 2:
For the love of God is broader
Than the measure of man’s mind;
And the heart of the Eternal
Is most wonderfully kind.

Verse 3:
If our love were but more simple,
We should take Him at His word;
And our lives would be all sunshine,
In the sweetness of our Lord.

F.W. Faber

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No. 150

No title is given for this hymn. “Lays” is an old word for “songs” or “hymns”. I really like that the author of this hymn has the last name “Medley”.

Verse 1:
Awake, my soul, in joyful lays,
And sing thy great Redeemer’s praise;
He justly claims a song from me,
His loving-kindness is so free.

Verse 2:
Through mighty hosts of cruel foes,
Where earth and hell my way oppose,
He safely leads my soul along,
His loving-kindness is so strong.

Verse 3:
So when I pass death’s gloomy vale,
And life and mortal powers shall fail,
Oh, may my last expiring breath
His loving-kindness sing in death.

Verse 4:
Then shall I mount and soar away
To the bright world of endless day;
There shall I sing, with sweet surprise,
His loving-kindness in the skies.

Rev. Samuel Medley

No. 82 Do It To-Day

As you can see, the words “today” and “tomorrow” were in the hyphenated stage of becoming one word from two.

Verse 1:
If we only knew the good we could do,
In this world of sin and sorrow,
We would not delay, but do it to-day,
And never wait for to-morrow,
No, never wait for to-morrow,
No, never wait for tomorrow;
But do it to-day, and never delay,
And save a world of sorrow.

Verse 2:
Any cheering word, in gloom that is heard,
By a heart that grief would borrow,
May lighten the load, and brighten the road;
So,never wait for to-morrow,
No, never wait for tomorrow,
No, never wait for tomorrow,
No, never wait for tomorrow;
But speak it to-day, and never delay,
‘Twill lift the clouds of sorrow.

Verse 3:
And a loving smile, some heart may incline
To the path that’s straight and narrow;
A kind, friendly deed to one in his need
Is better now than to-morrow,
Yes, better now than to-morrow,
Yes, better now than to-morrow;
So, do it to-day, and never delay,
And save a world of sorrow.

O.D. Sherman/J.M. Stillman

No. 47 Kind Words Can Never Die

Verse 1:
Kind words can never die,
Cherish’d and blest;
God knows how deep they lie,
Stor’d in the breast;
Live childhood’s simple rhymes,
Said o’er a thousand times,
Ay, in all years and climes,
Distant and near,
Kind words can never die,
Never die, never die ,
Kind words can never die,
No, never, die.

Verse 2:
Sweet thot’s can never die,
Tho’, like the flow’rs,
Their brightest hues may fly
In wintry hours;
But when the gentle dew
Gives them their charms anew,
With many an added hue
They bloom again,
Sweet thot’s can never die,
Never die, never die,
Sweet thot’s can never die,
No, never die.

Verse 3:
Our souls can never die,
Tho’ in the tomb
We may all have to lie,
Wrapp’d in its gloom,
What tho’ the flesh decay,
Souls pass in peace away,
Live thro’ eternal day
With Christ above,
Our souls can never die,
Never die, never die,
Our souls can never die,
No, never die.

A.H./Abby Hutchinson

No. 24 Be Gentle

Verse 1:
Ever let us each be loving,
Show affection, kind and true,
Doing always unto others
As to us we’d have them do.

Refrain:
Oh, be gentle with each other;
Oh, be careful day by day,
Let us not offend in actions,
Or by anything we say.

Verse 2:
Ever let us each be loving,
Never give another pain,
If a brother speak in anger,
Answer not in wrath again.

Verse 3:
Be not selfish tow’rd each other,
Never spoil another’s play;
Let us not offend in actions,
Nor in anything we say.

Verse 4:
Oh, be gentle, oh, be gentle,
Oh, be gentle all the way,
Thinking kindly, speaking kindly,
Acting kindly ev’ry day.

Arranged/C.H. Fyke

No. 11 Speak Kindly

An old song with timeless advice:

Verse 1:
Speak kindly, speak kindly to young and to old;
The words of true kindness are better than gold;
Kind words ev’ry morning, kind words ev’ry night,
And kind words forever, in dark days or bright.
Kind words ev’ry morning, kind words ev’ry night,
And kind words forever, in dark days or bright.

Verse 2:
Speak kindly, speak kindly; no tongue can express
The power of true kindness to cheer and to bless;
It soothes ev’ry sorrow, makes smooth ev’ry path;
It lightens all burdens and turns away wrath.
It soothes ev’ry sorrow, makes smooth ev’ry path;
It lightens all burdens and turns away wrath.

Verse 3:
Speak kindly, speak kindly; kind words never yet
Brought hatred or discord or grief or regret;
Speak kindly, speak kindly, and then never fear;
Life’s lilies and roses will bloom all the year.
Speak kindly, speak kindly, and then never fear;
Life’s lilies and roses will bloom all the year.

Luella Clark/L.E. Jones