The God of heaven has decked this earth
With lilies wondrous fair,
Placed here, as gems of beauteous worth,
The objects of His care.
Their great Creator knows their needs:
No toil or care they know.
In Providence He clothes and feeds
The lilies, and they grow.
Great Solomon, earth's richest king,
Most gorgeously displayed
In all the glories wealth could bring,
Was never so arrayed.
The lily's clothed: the raven's fed;
He marks the sparrow's fall.
Be sun or cloud above your head,
`Your Father knoweth' all.—A.N.
(Song of Songs 2. 2; Matt. 6. 28-30)