See the rivers flowing

Downward to the sea,

Pouring all their treasures

Bountiful and free;


Yet to help their giving

Hidden springs arise;

Or, if need be, showers

Feed them from the skies.


Watch the princely flowers

Their rich fragrance spread,

Load the air with perfumes

From their beauty shed;


Yet their lavish spending

Leaves them not in dearth,

With fresh life replenished

By their mother earth.


Give they heart’s best treasures;

From fair nature learn;

Give they love – and ask not,

Wait not a return.


And the more thou spendest,

From thy little store,

With a double bounty,

God will give thee more.

Adelaide Procter


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