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.
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