The Gardener’s Hymn

Submitted by Lorna

After seeing the posts about what to do in the garden during this month it reminded me of a little hymn that I recall from childhood.

The Gardener’s Hymn

All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small
All things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all

Aye, but…

What we never mention, though gardeners know it’s true,
Is when He made the goodies, He made the baddies too.

The greenfly on the roses, the maggots on the peas,
manure that fills our noses, He also gave us these.

The drought that kills the fuchsias, the frost that nips the buds,
The rain that drowns the seedlings, the blight that hits the spuds.

The midges and mosquitoes, the nettles and the weeds,
The pigeon in the green stuff, the sparrows on the seeds.

All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small
All things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.

Anon

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