When the icy snow is deep,
Covering the frozen land,
Do the little flowerets peep
To be crushed by Winter’s hand?
No, they wait for brighter days,
Wait for bees and butterflies;
Then their dainty heads they raise
To the sunny, sunny skies.
When the cruel north winds sigh,
When ’tis cold with wind and rain,
Do the birdies homeward fly
Only to go back again?
No, they wait for spring to come,
Wait for gladsome sun and showers;
Then they seek their northern home,
Seek its leafy, fragrant bowers.
Trustful as the birds and flowers,
Tho’ our spring of joy be late,
Tho’ we long for brighter hours,
We must ever learn to wait.