Great, wide, beautiful, wonderful world,
With the wonderful water around you curled,
And the wonderful grass upon your breast –
World, you are beautifully dressed,
The wonderful air is over me,
An the world wind is shaking the tree,
It walks on the water and whirls the mills,
And talks to itself on tops of the hills.
You friendly Earth! How far you go,
With the wheat fields that nod and rivers that flow,
With cities and gardens, and cliffs and isles,
And people upon you for thousands of miles!
Ah! You are so great and I am so small
I tremble to think of you, World, at all.
And yet when I said my prayers today
A whisper inside me seemed to say:
“You are more than the Earth, though you are such a dot;
You can love and think, and the Earth cannot!”
William Brighty Rands