Not only for the goodly fruit-trees tall

Not only for the goodly fruit-trees tall.  Ella Sophia Armitage* (1841-1931). This unusual hymn is from Armitage’s The Garden of the Lord (1881). It was written at Waterhead, Oldham, for those who care for children. It is suitable for Sunday-school teachers, but for all parents who wish to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. It is too complex to be a hymn for children to sing: Armitage (or E.S.A. as she signed herself) works a delicate connection between children and small plants: Not only for the goodly fruit-trees tall The Master cares, whose love is over all; The tiny herbs which blossom everywhere No less his watchful toil and patience share. The little...

If you have a valid subscription to Dictionary of Hymnology, please log in to view this content. If you require a subscription, please click here.

Cite this article