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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