Give me the hearts that love to sing,
From Cheerful Hearts.
Proof from envy's jealous sting.
Give me the hearts like those of youth,
Hearts that speak the words of truth,
Hearts that sing a song each day,
Telling of the better way.
Sweetest hearts that ever sung,
Oft have been with malice stung;
Oft have had some joyous peal,
Quickly chilled by hearts of steel.
But the sunshine stored away,
Burst again to brighter day.
Cheerful songs from cheerful hearts,
Oh! what joy their music starts,
Scattering clouds that oft would stay,
Driving dark despair away.
Sweetest gift that heaven imparts,
Cheerful songs from cheerful hearts.
(Boston: The Gorham Press. 1914)
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