If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.@Matthew 6:14
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James W. Riley (1849-1916)

James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916), alt.; last verse by French E. Oliver, 1908.

French E. Oliver, Oliver’s Songs of Deliverance (Kansas City, Missouri: French E. Oliver, 1908), number 68 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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French E. Oliver (1879-1960)

When o’er the fame of friend or foe,
The shadow of disgrace shall fall; instead
Of words of blame, or fatal blow—
Let something good be said.

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And so I charge ye by the thorny crown,
And by the cross on which the Savior bled,
And by your own soul’s hope of fair renown:
Let something good be said.

Forget not grace, no sinner yet
May fall so low but Christ can lift his head,
While cheeks of shame with tears are wet;
Let something good be said.

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No generous heart may turn aside
To deeds of love—if they in sin be dead,
But may awaken glorified,
If something good be said.

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If cruel words embitter thee,
Turn to the cross on Calvary, where said
The Savior: O forgive, and see
That something good be said.

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