Hymns for Children.


The little birds waken1
The drowsy flowers ;2
From bright cups are shaken3
The dew in showers ;4
The daisy is winking5
Its bright little eye ;6
The lily is thinking,7
How sleepy am I !8
From his eastern portal9
Is climbing the sun,10
To gladden each mortal11
Till work shall be done.12
In his southern mansion13
At noon he takes rest,14
Then, with bright expansion,15
Slow sinks in the west.16
The bees are high busy,17
They soar round the tip18
Of flowers till they’re dizzy,19
And then pause and sip.20
The butterflies hover21
In indolent joy,22
Why should they discover23
A better employ ?24
The fledgling is trying25
His wings near the nest ;26
The swallow is flying,27
No creature takes rest ;28
Then let us be doing29
The best that we may,30
The bright hours are going31
Of work and of play.32


Close, little weary eyes,33
The day at last is over,34
To-night no more surprise35
Shall they discover.36
Nor bird nor butterfly,37
Nor unfamiliar flower ;38
Nor picture in the sky,39
Nor fairy in the bower !40
Rest, little weary feet,41
The woods are dark and lonely ;42
The little birds rest sweet43
The owl is watching only :44
No buttercup is seen,45
Nor daisy in the meadow ;46
Their gold and white and green47
Are turned to purple shadow !48
Fold, little busy hands,49
Day is the time for doing ;50
The boats lie on the sands,51
The mill-wheels are not going.52
Within the darksome mine53
Are hushed the spade and hammer ;54
The cattle rest supine,55
The cock withholds his clamour.56
Still, little restless heart,57
Be still until the morrow ;58
Till then thou hast no part59
In either joy or sorrow.60
To new and joyous day,61
Shall little birds awake thee ;62
Again to work and play,63
With strength renewed, betake thee !64