Scripture Verse

Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Luke 12:27

Introduction

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C. Austin Miles
(1868–1946)

Words: J. W. Bar­ker, in The Ser­vice of Praise, ed­it­ed by J. Lin­coln Hall et al. (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Hall-Mack, 1900), num­ber 77, alt.

Music: C. Aus­tin Miles (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Bar­ker’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

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Lyrics

O the flow’rs of summer,
Blooms of every hue,
Take each one as coming
Straight from God to you;
Telling wondrous secrets
Of His power and love,
Wearing still the brightness
Of the home above.

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Flow’rs of summer, angel like are they;
Hear the message which they bring today;
He who curbs the ocean’s mighty pow’r
Painted every leaf and flow’r.

Just as earth’s creation
Showed the might of God,
So does every flow’ret
Springing from the sod;
He who guides the star worlds,
Curbs the ocean’s power,
With the same hand painteth
Every leaf and flow’r.

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Touch those sweet flow’rs gently,
So divinely dressed,
They are, in earth’s language
Thoughts of God expressed.
Thoughts of heav’nly glory—
Sweetness, purity,
Must not He who framed them
Wholly lovely be?

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