Beautiful Things

Beautiful faces are those that wear - 
It matters little if dark or fair - 
Whole-souled honesty printed there. 

Beautiful eyes are those that show, 
Like crystal panes where hearthfires glow, 
Beautiful thoughts that burn below. 

Beautiful lips are those whose words 
Leap from the heart like songs of birds, 
Yet whose utterance prudence girds. 

Beautiful hands are those that do 
Work that is honest and brave and true, 
Moment by moment the long day through. 

Beautiful feet are those that go 
On kindly ministries to and fro, 
Down lowliest ways, if God wills it so. 

Beautiful shoulders are those that bear 
Ceaseless burdens of homely care 
With patient grace and daily prayer. 

Beautiful lives are those that bless 
Silent rivers of happiness, 
Whose hidden fountains but few may guess. 

Beautiful twilight at set of sun, 
Beautiful goal with race well won, 
Beautiful rest with work well done. 

Beautiful graves where grasses creep, 
Where brown leaves fall, where drifts lie deep 
Over worn-out hands - oh! beautiful sleep! 

- Ellen P. Allerton -