In winter, when it freezes, 

In winter, when it snows, 

The road to school seems long and drear, 

O'er which the schoolboy goes. 

But when the pleasant summer comes, 

With birds and fruit and sowers, 

The road to school, how short it is! 

And short the sunny hours! 

But to the boy who loves to learn, 

And wisdom strives to gain, 

The road to school is always short, 

In sunshine, snow, or rain. 

From the German.