Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother.@Deuteronomy 15:11

Deamor R. Drake, in Uplifting Songs, New and Old, edited by Charles C. Case & James R. Murray (Cincinnati, Ohio: John Church Company, 1896), number 68.

James R. Murray (🔊 pdf nwc).

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James R. Murray (1841-1905)

Hold out your hand in the darkness of sin,
Help some poor sad heart the haven to win,
Cheer up some soul with a friend’s kindly touch.
And help all you can, be it little or much.

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Hold out your hand, hold out your hand,
And bid their hearts be strong;
Hold out your hand, hold out your hand,
And help the world along.

Hold out your hand, for the world is a way
Made up of sadness and sorrow each day;
Smiles are a help to the suffering heart,
To laugh at its sadness and make it depart.

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Hold out your hand, then, wherever you are.
Kind deeds will shine thro’ the darkness afar;
Some sinking soul may its twinkling discern,
Oh, come to the haven and righteousness learn.

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