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Hymn score of: Full many a bud and flow'ret fair - The Unfading Flower (Charlotte Elliott/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

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Full many a bud and flow'ret fair - The Unfading Flower
(Charlotte Elliott/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

The Unfading Flower.

1. Full many a bud and flow'ret fair
  wakes at the breath of morn;
and plants, whose fragrance fill the air,
  our summer wreaths adorn.

2. But plants and flowers of sweet perfume
  fade with the falling year;
the lovely scenes in which they bloom
  themselves will disappear.

3. One Plant alone, of choicest worth,
  destruction's power defies;
a purer climate gave it birth,
  where no sweet blossom dies.

4. The Sun, whose beams mature its hues,
  shines not on earthly bowers;
'tis visited by sweeter dews
  than fall on earthly flowers.

5. Heavenward each beauteous branch aspires,
  its flowers can never fade;
the final elemental fires
  shall not one leaf invade.

6. 'Twas planted by a Hand Divine,
  to bloom in worlds above,
and through eternity shall shine,
  a trophy of his love!

Charlotte Elliott, Leaves from the Unpublished Journals, Letters, and Poems of Charlotte Elliott, 247-248.

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