Have you had a kindness shown
Have you had a kindness shown. Henry Burton* (1840-1930).
Written at Acton on 8 April 1885, and first printed in The Christian Advocate (New York, 1886), and in Burton’s Wayside Songs of the Inner and the Outer Life (1886). JJ quoted from the author’s manuscript:
This is based on a little incident in the life of my brother-in-law, the Rev. Mark Guy Pearse. When a boy returning home from a Moravian school in Holland, the steward of the boat on which he sailed from Bristol to Hayle showed him marked attention and kindness, because Mr. Pearse's father, years before, had proved a great friend to his mother. And so he was simply ‘passing on’ the kindness (p. 1618).
Hayle is a small port...
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