Love one another; as I have loved you.@John 13:34
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Charles H. Gabriel (1856-1932)

Frona Scott, in Victory Songs, by Homer A. Rodeheaver (Chicago, Illinois: Rodeheaver Company, 1920).

Charles H. Gabriel (🔊 pdf nwc).

By making someone happy as we pass along life’s way,
We bring a bit of Heaven to the longest, darkest day;
The world is full of shadows, full of sorrow, grief and woe,
And snares are set before us everywhere we go.

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A little human kindness brings a bit of Heaven near,
A little human kindness drives away our fear.
A little human kindness makes the souls of men akin,
And brings the joy of victory to a world of sin.

So many weary pilgrims toiling onward up the height,
Are longing for a friendly word, ere fall the shades of night;
O lend a hand to help them, haste to speak a word of cheer,
And gloomy clouds will brighten when the day is drear.

Refrain

Keep all the hope-fires lighted by the torch of love divine;
As beacons thro’ earth’s darkest valleys ever let them shine.
Somewhere beyond the sunset, in a land supremely blest,
We’ll find that human kindness paved the way to rest.

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