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No. 156 The Kindest Rule

I have never seen this song before, but it is the best interpretation of the Golden Rule I believe I have ever heard. We have no idea what is going on in others’ lives that make them behave and choose as they do. We must always be kind and understanding if we truly wish to serve Christ.

Verse 1:
Kinder rule of earthly duty
Wisest men could never give;
Sweeter rule of heav’nly beauty
Need we never while we live.
Whatsoever deeds of kindness
We may wish that men may do,
Unto others we must ever
Show these loving actions, too.

Refrain:
Kinder rule of earthly duty,
Sweeter rule of heav’nly beauty,
Sweeter rule of heav’nly beauty,
Need we never while we live.

Verse 2:
Are we tempted to be selfish,
Angry, harsh, unkind, untrue;
Hear the voice of conscience whisper,
“Would you have this done to you?”
Fewer wounds would then be given,
Fewer bitter words be said,
Fewer acts to be regretted,
When the ones we love are dead.

Verse 3:
We would never show to others
Scornful, proud, unloving face,
Knowing not what our lives might be,
Had God put us in their place.
From our hearts should first be driven
All the thoughts of wrong and strife,
Ere we have the right to censure
What we see in other’s life.

Susie M. Day/A.T. Goram

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