Scripture Verse

They helped every one his neighbor. Isaiah 41:6

Introduction

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Ira D. Sankey
(1840–1908)

Words: Eb­en E. Rex­ford, in Young Peo­ple’s Songs of Praise, by Ira San­key (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Big­low & Main, 1902), num­ber 140.

Music: Los Pa­dres Ira D. San­key, 1902 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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Eben E. Rexford
(1848–1916)

Lyrics

Lend a helping hand, my brother
To the weary by the way,
Bowed beneath life’s heavy burdens
’Mid the toil and heat of day;
Pass no comrade by in silence,
Cheerful words and smiles bestow,
Let them be as sunshine scattered
All along their path below.

Refrain

Lend a helping hand, my brother,
This shall have its own reward,
And the good you do another
Is remembered by the Lord.

Lend a helping hand, my brother,
Someone needs your help each day,
Always someone needing comfort
You will find along the way.
Always hearts that hunger after
Words of love, and hope, and cheer—
Always faces we may brighten
With the smile that dries the tear.

Refrain

In the march of life, my brother,
Many falter by the way,
Often heart and courage fails them
In the moment of the fray.
Speak the word of cheer that’s needed,
Bid them ask God’s help, and then,
With a hand that’s strong but gentle,
Lift them to their feet again.

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