The kingdom of Heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed…which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree.@Matthew 13:31–32
Kristian Ostergaard (1855–1931)

Kristian Ostergaard (1855–1931) (Den Sag er aldrig i Verden tabt); translated from Danish to English by Jens C. Aaberg (1877–1970).

Ostergaard Danish folk melody (🔊 pdf nwc).

Jens C. Aaberg (1877–1970)

That cause can never be lost nor stayed
Which takes the course of what God has made;
And is not trusting in walls and towers,
But slowly growing from seeds to flowers.

Each noble service that men have wrought
Was first conceived as a fruitful thought;
Each worthy cause with a future glorious
By quietly growing becomes victorious.

Thereby itself like a tree it shows:
That high it reaches, as deep it grows;
And when the storms are its branches shaking,
It deeper root in the soil is taking.

Be then no more by a storm dismayed,
For by it the full grown seeds are laid;
And though the tree by its might it shatters,
What then, if thousands of seeds it scatters?