earth’s lovely sun to night’s consigned
Earth’s lovely sun to night’s consigned;
But hosts of stars are now gleaming.
The splendour of a world divine
Through darkness downwards is streaming.
Like some great church the world entire
Cloud-covered, arches to heaven,
God’s templed earth, in green attire
Like woodland leaf now is hidden.
The smallest leaf in greatest wood
Is home for all that’s begotten,
Where God’s law reigns, life’s as it should,
The smallest are are not forgotten.
God! In your hand the great is small,
Though welcome the smallest bidden.
The childlike soul is safe withal
That in your great realm is hidden!