From the recording Refuge (Original 1995)
Lyrics by Fanny Crosby
Speak kindly words whose gentle tones
May soothe another’s woe
And stay perhaps the silent tears
That only God can know.
A little word that none can hear,
But those to whom ‘tis said,
May bring a wanderer to the fold,
And lift a drooping head.
Speak kindly words for only these
Will e’er the lost reclaim;
O speak them for the Master’s sake
While trusting in His name.
If we but knew the hearts that yearn
For kindness every day,
From those we pass unheeded now
We would not turn away.