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The Splendor of Lilies

We’re sure you’ll find inspiring this lovely poem about the flower that symbolizes Easter.

Artist Tran Nguyen's rendering of an angel holding a lily
 
 
 
 
 
The Splendor of Lilies
Oh, rare as the splendor of lilies,
And sweet as the violets’ breath,
Comes the jubilant morning of Easter,
The triumph of life over death;
And fresh from the earth’s quickened bosom
Full baskets of flowers we bring,
And scatter their satin-soft petals
To carpet a path for our King.
 
In the countless green blades of the meadow,
The sheen of the daffodils’ gold,
In the tremulous blue on the mountains,
The opaline mist on the wold,
In the tinkle of brooks through the pasture,
The river’s strong sweep to the sea,
Are signs of the day that is passing
In gladness to you and to me.
 
Oh, dawn, in thy splendor of lilies,
Thy fluttering violet breath,
Oh, jubilant morning of Easter,
Thou triumph of life over death!
Then fresh from the earth’s quickened bosom
Full baskets of flowers we bring,
And scatter their satin-soft petals
To carpet a path for our King.
 
 

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