O sweet and tender as the dawn,
With mighty power to heal and bless,
Is God’s dear gift to all His own:
The happy grace of gentleness.
How quickly burdens fall away,
How hearts grow light, rejoice, are glad,
When Love with touch of gentleness
Uplifts the sinning and the sad.
This gentle grace of Love divine
Is sweet as breath of opening flower.
Self-love and harshness disappear
Beneath its tender, healing power.
– Ella A. Stone, “Christian Science Hymnal: Hymns 430-603,” No. 545, alt. © CSBD
Words: Ella A. Stone, alt.
Music: Marshall Wright
Words alt. © 1932, ren. 1960 The Christian Science Board of Directors
Music © 2017 The Christian Science Board of Directors
Music recording © 2017 The Christian Science Publishing Society