Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop, but a good word maketh it glad.@Proverbs 12:25
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Charles H. Gabriel (1856-1932)

Charles H. Gabriel, in Choice Hymns No. 1, edited by J. Wilbur Chapman & Winfield S. Weeden (Philadelphia/New York: Hall Mack Company, 1902), number 61, alt. (🔊 pdf nwc).

We may lighten toil and care,
Or a heavy burden share,
With a word, a kindly deed or sunny smile;
We may girdle day and night
With a halo of delight,
If we keep our hearts singing all the while.

Refrain

Keep your heart singing all the while,
Make the world brighter with a smile,
Keep the song ringing!
Lonely hours we may beguile,
If we keep our hearts singing all the while.

If God’s love is in our soul,
And we yield to His control,
Sweetest music will the lonely hours beguile;
We may drive the clouds away,
Cheer and bless the darkest day,
If we keep our hearts singing all the while.

Refrain

How a word of love will cheer,
Kindle hope, and banish fear,
Soothe a pain, or take away the sting of guile;
Oh, how much we all may do,
In the world we travel thro’,
If we keep our hearts singing all the while.

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