American Old Time Song Lyrics: 19 Be Kind To The Motherless Child

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Be Kind to the Motherless Child.
Copyright, 1883, by W. A. Evans & Bro

The kind heart is touched by the sight of distress,
And often the eyes overflow;
Sweet pity is nurtured by sorrowfulness,
And sympathy fostered by woe;
But all the kind feelings that sleep in the breast
Are seldom from slumber beguiled,
'Till the eyes on that picture of mournfulness rest,
The face of a motherless child.

O soothe that sad heart with a kind loving word,
And ever be gentle and mild,
And let your heart's warmest affections be stirred,
Be kind to the motherless child:
And let your heart's warmest affections be stirred,
Be kind to the motherless child.

The loss of a father is heavy to bear,
His loving protection we miss;
Whose highest ambition and tenderest care,
Were ever to comfort and bless;
But, ah! there's a sorrow much greater by far,
The greatest of sorrows confess'd;
When home is deprived of its light and its star,
And mother has gone to her child.-Chorus.

The teardrop that trembles on infancy's cheek,
Proclaiming a loved mother's loss;
Oh, wipe it away, And a loving word speak,
And grief in sustaining it cross;
As rain-drops refreshen the sun-withered rose,
That blossoms alone on the wild.
So words kindly spoken will lighten the woes
That sadden the motherless child.-Chorus.
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