Scripture Verse

The kingdom of Heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. Matthew 13:31


Friedrich Silcher

Words: Va­ri­ous­ly at­trib­ut­ed to Eb­en­e­zer C. Brew­er (1810–1897) or Ju­lia A. Car­ney, 1845.

Music: Gott ein Va­ter Fried­rich Sil­cher (1789–1860). Ar­ranged by Wil­helm Tschirsch (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

Julia A. Carney


Little drops of water,
Little grains of sand,
Make the mighty ocean
And the beauteous land.

And the little moments,
Humble though they be,
Make the mighty ages
Of eternity.

Little deeds of kindness,
Little words of love,
Make our earth an Eden,
Like the Heaven above.

So our little errors
Lead the soul away,
From the paths of virtue
Into sin to stray.

Little seeds of mercy
Sown by youthful hands,
Grow to bless the nations
Far in heathen lands.

Glory then for ever
Be to Father, Son,
With the Holy Spirit,
Blessèd Three in One.