Christ My Song - 1031
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Charlotte Elliott, Leaves from the Unpublished Journals, Letters, and Poems of Charlotte Elliott, 247-248.