1 How fair are the lilies, what fragrance they yield,
Unwatch’d and untended by man!
For the Lord gives them beauty to brighten the field,
And the flow’rs are a part of His plan;
Let me never despair
Of His love and His care,
If He thinks of the flow’rs, if on fields He has smil’d,
He will care so much more for a child.
2 There is not a sparrow that cleaves the blue air
Unnoticed by God in its fall,
For He made them, He knows them, they all have His care,
And He loves them altho’ they’re so small;
Let us bless His dear name
Who is always the same,
For He wants us to know that we’re tho’t of above,
And that each little child has His love.
3 The moss grows unseen in the niche of the wall,
But could not be there without God;
And the dewdrops, that find it where rain cannot fall,
He has purposely scattered abroad;
So in my lowly place
I may still feel His grace,
For the dew of His love can e’en come to me there,
And His blessing in answer to prayer.
4 As we in His beautiful image were made,
He loves us beyond all beside;
But it grieved Him when sin caused that image to fade,
And to give the lost beauty He died;
And He now from His throne
Would make us His own,
He is saying with love that is boundless and free,
“Let the little ones come unto Me.”
Jackson, Edward Hall, son of a civil engineer, was born in Birmingham, April 12, 1838. In 1856 he joined a Baptist Church, and in 1859 became a Baptist minister. In that capacity he has laboured in Liverpool, Billesden (Leicestershire), Castle Donington, Ripley, and Louth; and as an occasional lecturer he has been widely popular. His hymns have been composed chiefly for Sunday School Anniversaries. Three were introduced into the Baptist Hymnal, 1879, and seven into the School Hymnal, 1880. The following are found in several Sunday School collections:—
1. A thousand blessings on the place. The Sunday School.
2. Brethren, we have found the Lord. Invitation to Church Fellowship.
3. Fearless, calm, and strong in love. Teachers'… Go to person page >
Display Title: How Fair Are The LiliesFirst Line: How fair are the lilies, what fragrance they yieldTune Title: [How fair are the lilies, what fragrance they yield]Author: Edward Hall JacksonSource: The School Hymnal by William Rawson Stevenson (London: E. Marlborough, 1880)