1 Many a power within earth's bosom,
Noiseless, hidden, works beneath;
Hence are seed and leaf and blossom,
Golden ear and clustered wreath.
2 Wind and frost, and hour and season,
Land and water, sun and shade, --
Work with these, as bids thy reason,
For they work thy toil to aid.
3 Sow thy seed and reap in gladness!
Man himself is all a seed;
Hope and hardship, joy and sadness,
Slow the plant to ripeness lead.