One By One

ONE by one the crystal stars

Peep from out the darkening sky,

Till the somber earth is arched

With a jeweled canopy.

One by one the warbling birds,

Winter over, homeward flee,

Till our silent woods are glad

In their loving minstrelsy.

One by one the tiny seeds

In the ground must lie and sleep;

One by one the silver drops

Fall from clouds that kindly weep.

One by one the smiles of joy,

Words of peace, and acts of love,

Gild the gloomy sky of life,

Fill the shining world above.