1 Day by day the sun has sailed
Higher up the sky!
Day by day the birds have hailed
Summer’s reign so nigh!
Ev’ry brook and ev’ry breeze
Day by day has told
Of the wondrous mysteries
God would unfold!
Joy, joy, the promised time is here!
Hail, hail, the Queen of all the year!
Sing, sing, that ev’ry heart may learn
To gladly raise a song of praise,
For Summer’s return!
2 When the gales of winter blew
O’er the fields of snow,
Underneath the ice we knew
Flowers yearned to grow.
Soon the tears of April came,
May sped by, and the,—
Lo! a million tongues exclaim:
“June’s here again!” [Refrain]
Lowell, James Russell, LL.D., was born at Cambridge, Massachusetts, February 22, 1819; graduated at Harvard College, 1838, and was called to the Bar in 1840. Professor of Modern Languages and Literature (succeeding the Poet Longfellow) in Harvard, 1855; American Minister to Spain, also to England in 1881. He was editor of the Atlantic Monthly, from 1857 to 1862; and of the North American Review from 1863 to 1872. Professor Lowell is the most intellectual of American poets, and first of her art critics and humorists. He has written much admirable moral and sacred poetry, but no hymns. One piece, “Men, whose boast it is that ye" (Against Slavery), is part of an Anti-Slavery poem, and in its present form is found in Hymns of the Spirit, 18… Go to person page >