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Accordance of Nature J. Whittier

Accordance of Nature

J. Whittier

O painter of the fruit and flowers,

We thank thee for thy wise design,

Whereby these human hands of ours

In Nature's garden work with thine.

And thanks that from our daily need

The joy of a simple faith is born.

That he who smites the summer weed

May trust thee for the autumn corn.

Give fools their gold and knaves their power,

Let fortune's bubbles rise and fall,

Who sows a field or trains a flower

Or plants a tree is more than all.

For he who blesses most is blest,

And God and man shall have his worth

Who toils to leave as a bequest

An added beauty to the earth.