Nay, Speak No Ill

First line: Nay, speak no ill; a kindly word Can never leave a / Nay, speak no ill, a kindly word / Nay, speak no ill / Nay, speak no ill; a kindly word Can never leave / Nay, speak no ill; a kindly word can never leave a sting behind

Original language: English

Words: Anon.
Music: Anon.


Nay, Speak No Ill
, 233


1. Nay, speak no ill; a kindly wordCan never leave a sting behind;And, oh, to breathe each tale we’ve heardIs far beneath a noble mind.Full oft a better seed is sownBy choosing thus the kinder plan,For, if but little good is known,Still let us speak the best we can.
2. Give me the heart that fain would hide,Would fain another’s faults efface.How can it please the human prideTo prove humanity but base?No, let us reach a higher mood,A nobler estimate of man;Be earnest in the search for good,And speak of all the best we can.
3. Then speak no ill, but lenient beTo others’ failings as your own.If you’re the first a fault to see,Be not the first to make it known,For life is but a passing day;No lip may tell how brief its span.Then, oh, the little time we stay,Let’s speak of all the best we can.

These charts show the use of this song in English hymnbooks and other collections published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If a song appears in multiple editions of the same hymnbook, it is only counted once. [undetermined] means that tune information has not yet been entered in.

Tunes that have appeared with this song in English

Appearances of this song over time in English

X:233 Q:1/4=84 M:4/4 L:1/8 K:G B2 B3/2A/ (G2 F)G | A2 B2 D4 | B2 B3/2A/ (G2 A)B | c2 F2 G4 | yy

Nay, Speak No Ill

, 233

Nay, Speak No Ill

, 233

Nay, Speak No Ill

, 233

Nay, Speak No Ill

, 116

Nay, Speak No Ill (Women’s Voices)

, 374

Nay, Speak No Ill

, 116

Nay, Speak No Ill (Women’s Voices)

, 374

Nay, Speak No Ill

, 116

Nay, Speak No Ill (Women’s Voices)

, 374

Nay, Speak No Ill

, 116

Nay, Speak No Ill (Women’s Voices)

, 374

Nay, Speak No Ill

, 116

Nay, Speak No Ill

, 374

Nay, Speak No Ill

, no. 42

Arr.: N. Lorenzo Mitchell

Nay, Speak No Ill

, 75

Arr.: B. Cecil Gates

Nay, Speak No Ill

, 75

Arr.: B. Cecil Gates

Nay, Speak No Ill

, 75

Arr.: B. Cecil Gates

Nay, Speak No Ill

, 75

Arr.: B. Cecil Gates

Nay, Speak No Ill

, 88

Nay, Speak No Ill

, 88

Unofficial or Local Publications

Nay, Speak No Ill

, 43

Unofficial or Local Publications

Nay, speak no ill, a kindly word

, 88a

Unofficial or Local Publications

Speak No Ill

Unofficial or Local Publications

Speak no Ill

, 17