Gentle Heart

The heart that feels the approval
That comes from a kindly deed
Knows well there’s no sweeter music
On which the spirit can feed.

In sweet’ning the life of another,
In relieving a brother’s distress,
The soul finds its highest advancement,
And the noblest blessedness.

That life is alone worth the living
That lives for another’s gain;
The life that comes after such living
Is the rainbow after the rain.

This spirit of human kindness
Is the angel the soul most needs;
It sings its most wonderful paean,
While the heart does its noblest deeds.