Christ My Song - 249
Sweet lily of the field, declare - Consider the lilies of the field!
(Carl Johann Philipp Spitta/Richard Massie/
Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Consider the lilies of the field!
1. Sweet lily of the field, declare
whose hand it was that made,
and in such beauty placed thee there,
before mine eyes displayed?
2. How white the robe which thou hast on,
with golden dust o'erlaid!
In all his glory, Solomon
like thee was not arrayed.
3. God raised thee from the earth, sweet flower,
and tends thee with delight,
and sends thee, in the still calm hour,
an angel in the night.
4. Thy robes he washes in the dew,
and dries them in the air,
and bleaches them in sunshine too,
to make them bright and fair.
5. Sweet lily of the field, although
thou hast no voice nor speech,
thou dost a bright example shew,
a useful lesson teach.
6. Sweet lily of the field, by thee
this lesson I am taught:
God cares for little flowers like me,
take then no anxious thought.
Richard Massie, Lyra Domestica I, 1863,14-15.
Translated from the German Du schöne Lilie auf dem Feld - Sehet die Lilien auf dem Felde
of Carl Johann Philipp Spitta.