previous next

     As through the open minster floats
The song of breeze and bird!
     Not less the wonder of the sky
That daisies bloom below;
     The brook sings on, though loud and high
The cloudy organs blow!

And, if the tender ear be jarred
     That, haply, hears by turns
The saintly harp of Olney's bard,
     The pastoral pipe of Burns,
No discord mars His perfect plan
     Who gave them both a tongue;
For he who sings the love of man
     The love of God hath sung!

To-day be every fault forgiven
     Of him in whom we joy!
We take, with thanks, the gold of Heaven
     And leave the earth's alloy.
Be ours his music as of spring,
     His sweetness as of flowers,
The songs the bard himself might sing
     In holier ears than ours.

Sweet airs of love and home, the hum
     Of household melodies,
Come singing, as the robins come
     To sing in door-yard trees.
And, heart to heart, two nations lean,
     No rival wreaths to twine,
But blending in eternal green
     The holly and the pine!

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
Olney, Richland County, Illinois (Illinois, United States) (1)

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Robert Burns (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: