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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