Scatter Seeds of Kindness Hymn Story and Lyrics

Scatter Seeds of Kindness Lyrics

1 Let us gather up the sunbeams,
Lying all around our path;
Let us keep the wheat and roses,
Casting out the thorns and chaff;
Let us find our sweetest comfort
In the blessings of today,
With a patient hand removing
All the briers from the way.

Chorus:
Then scatter seeds of kindness,
Then scatter seeds of kindness
Then scatter seeds of kindness,
For our reaping by and by.

2 Strange we never prize the music
Till the sweet-voiced bird is flown!
Strange that we should slight the violets
Till the lovely flow’rs are gone!
Strange that summer skies and sunshine
Never seem one half so fair
As when winter’s snowy pinions
Shake the white down in the air. [Chorus]

3 If we knew the baby fingers,
Pressed against the window pane,
Would be cold and stiff tomorrow
Never trouble us again
Would the bright eyes of our darling
Catch the frown upon our brow?
Would the prints of rosy fingers
Vex us then as they do now? [Chorus]

4 Ah! those little ice cold fingers,
How they point our mem’ries back
To the hasty words and actions
Strewn along our backward track!
How those little hands remind us,
As in snowy grace they lie,
Not to scatter thorns but roses
For our reaping by and by! [Chorus]

Scatter Seeds of Kindness Hymn Story

This amiable and tuneful poem is based on Romans 12:10 from the Bible.

Scatter seeds of Kindness is from the pen of Mary Louise Riley (Mrs. Albert Smith) who lived in New York City in the United States.

She was born in Brighton, Monroe Co., New York on May 27, 1843. Smith died in Manhattan on January 14, 1927.

Silas Jones Vail, the tune-writer, for this hymn, was born in Oct 1818 and died May 20, 1883.

For years he worked at the hatter’s trade, with Beebe on Broadway, in New York and afterwards in an establishment of his own.

His taste and talent led him into musical connections, and from time to time, after relinquishing his trade, he was with Horace Waters, Philip Phillips, W.B. Bradbury, and F.J. Smith, the piano dealer.

He was a choir leader and a good composer.

Mary Smith - Scatter seeds of kindness hymn writer
Mary Smith

Scatter Seeds of Kindness YouTube Video

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