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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IV. The Higher Life.  1904.
III. Faith: Hope: Love: Service
James Montgomery (1771–1854)
THE BIRD that soars on highest wing
  Builds on the ground her lowly nest;
And she that doth most sweetly sing
  Sings in the shade, where all things rest;
In lark and nightingale we see        5
What honor hath humility.
When Mary chose “the better part,”
  She meekly sat at Jesus’ feet;
And Lydia’s gently opened heart
  Was made for God’s own temple meet:        10
Fairest and best adorned is she
Whose clothing is humility.
The saint that wears heaven’s brightest crown,
  In deepest adoration bends:
The weight of glory bows him down        15
  Then most, when most his soul ascends:
Nearest the throne itself must be
The footstool of humility.

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