BEAUTY of earth, of the sky and sea,
Wind-borne fragrance of flowers,
Burgeoning bud and leafing tree,
Whisper in loving tones to me
Of the glories no mortal eye can see—
Spirit is all that endures.

Earthly pleasures their charms bestow,
The world of sense allures;
Yet, as I follow, a voice sounds low,
This too will pass—false gods must go,
Man to the stature of Christ shall grow—
Spirit is all that endures.

Should sorrow and pain put joy to flight,
Truth's message reassures;
Allness of good is man's by right,
Ever the dawn dissolves the night,
Terrors of darkness yield to the light—
Spirit is all that endures.

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