The winter’s sleep was long and deep,But earth is awakened and gay;For the life ne’er dies that from God doth rise,And the green comes after the grey.
So God doth bring the world to spring;And on this holy dayDoth the Church proclaim her Apostles’ fame,To welcome the first of May.
Two saints of God went by the roadThat leadeth on to light;And they gave up all at their Master’s call,To work in their Master’s sight.
Would Philip’s mind the Father find?Lo, he hath found the Way;For to know the Son is to know the OneWhom the earth and the heavens obey.
And James, ’twas thine by grace divineTo preach the Christian life,Where our faith is shown by our works alone,And love overcometh strife.
Lord, grant that we may brethren be—As Christians live in deed;For it is but so we can learn to knowThe truth that to Thee doth lead.