Scripture Verse

Who is my neighbor? Luke 10:29


William B. O. Peabody (1799–1847)

Words: Will­iam B. O. Pea­bo­dy, in the Chris­tian Mir­ror (Por­tland, Maine, May 30, 1828).

Music: Dale­hurst Ar­thur Cott­man, 1874 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Cott­man (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

The Good Samaritan
Hurlbut’s Story of the Bible, 1902


Who is thy neighbor? He whom thou
Hast power to aid or bless;
Whose aching heart or burning brow
Thy soothing hand may press.

Thy neighbor? ’Tis the fainting poor
Whose eye with want is dim;
O enter thou his humble door,
With aid and peace for him.

Thy neighbor? He who drinks the cup
When sorrow drowns the brim;
With words of high, sustaining hope,
Go thou and comfort him.

Thy neighbor? Yonder toiling slave,
Fettered in thought and limb;
Whose hopes are all beyond the grave,
Go thou, and ransom him.

Thy neighbor? Pass no mourner by;
Perhaps thou canst redeem
A breaking heart from misery;
Go, share thy lot with him.