Scripture Verse

Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Luke 12:27


Alice W. Brotherton (1848–1930)

Words: Al­ice W. Bro­ther­ton, in Gar­rett Hor­der’s Wor­ship Song, 1905.

Music: Bro­ther­ton from a Som­er­set folk song (🔊 pdf nwc).


Consider the lil­ies—how state­ly they grow!
They toil not, they spin not, no seed do they sow;
Yet they bloom all the sum­mer, so shin­ing and tall,
The Fa­ther who loves them takes thought for them all.

Consider the ra­vens—who gives them their food?
Who shel­ters their nest in the storm beat­en wood?
Who guides the young spar­row? who watch­es its fall?
Their Fa­ther in Hea­ven takes heed for them all.

Our Fa­ther in Hea­ven, Thy child­ren on earth
Than lil­ies or ra­vens Thou hold­est more worth:
O guide us and guard us, be near when we call,
Uphold us, en­fold us—we thank Thee for all!