1 See the lilies, how they grow,
Ne’er was king apparelled so,
Never yet was vocal tune
Like their melodies of June.
Yet they neither toil nor spin,
God’s good care they flourish in.
All our faithlessness He quells,
In these summer bridal bells.
2 God, who clothes the lilies white,
In their music has delight,
Heeds their pure and whispered chimes,
Listens to their silent rhymes,
From their lowly belfries rise,
Hymns that touch the open skies.
Majesty with meekness dwells,
In the valley’s lily bells.
3 So would we, in fragrant stoles,
Raise to God our simple souls,
Knowing well that He desires
White-clad hearts to join His choirs.
Not the loudest, but the pure
Songs, of Heaven’s ear are sure.
Surely this the lily tells
In its peal of happy bells.
Stryker, Melancthon Woolsey, D.D., son of the Rev. Isaac Pierson Stryker, was born at Vernon, New York, Jan. 7, 1851, and educated at Hamilton College (1872) and Auburn Theological Seminary (1876). In 1876 he entered the Presbyterian ministry as Pastor at Auburn, New York. In 1878 he removed to Ithaca, N. Y.; in 1883 to Holyoke, Massachusetts, and in 1885 to Chicago, Illinois. He received his degree of D.D. from Hamilton College in 1889. He has edited Christian Chorals, 1885 ; New Alleluia, 1880-86; and Church Song, 1889. He was also joint editor with H. P. Main of The Church Praise Book, 1882. He has also published Hymns and Verses, 1883, and Song of Miriam, and Other Hymns and Verses,
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