To speak helpful, healing words

In the mid-nineteenth century, some of the truths so valued now by Christian Scientists were being actively sought and in some degree found by various spiritually-minded people. During this period, for example, a minister for some small Protestant groups in London, Thomas Toke Lynch, published a book of poems. It includes a verse that fairly breathes a prayer for a more healing Christian communication and witness.

Because this poem later found a home in the Christian Science Hymnal, many have sung its prayer:

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