If human kindness meets return

If human kindness meets return. Gerard Thomas Noel* (1782-1851). First published in Noel’s A Selection of Psalms and Hymns for Public Worship (1810). It was reprinted in Arvendel, or, Sketches in Italy and Switzerland (1826). It is a short hymn of four stanzas, which was described by JJ (p. 561) as being ‘in extensive use in G. Britain and America’. It use was in Edward Bickersteth*’s Christian Psalmody (1833), and in a number of other books in the mid-19th century: Psalms, Hymns, and Passages of Scripture for Christian Worship (the ‘Leeds Hymn Book’, 1853), the New Congregational Hymn Book (1859), and in Charles Haddon Spurgeon*’s Our Own Hymn-Book (1866): If human kindness meets return...

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