A fitly spoken word
A fitly spoken word. George Burden Bubier* (1823-1869).
From Hymns and Sacred Songs for Sunday-schools and Social Worship (Manchester, 1855), the hymnbook in which Bubier collaborated with George MacDonald* and his brother Charles. It was dated January 1855 (JJ, p. 190). Its originality is characteristic of Bubier’s and MacDonald’s work:
A fitly spoken word, It hath mysterious powers; Its far off echoes shall be heard Ringing through future hours.
An honest, truthful word, It has a tongue of flame; On wings of wind it flies abroad, And wins a heavenly fame.
A gentle, gracious word, ’Tis music in the heart; Thrilling its very inmost chord, Till tears unbidden start...
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