Tho pine that stands upon the wooded mountaJn Gains not in stature iu a single day; The noble river springs not from one fountaln, But gathers up its strength along its way. The aloe hears for years the autumn's clirges, Before it shows its blossoms to the skies; Tho coral reef that breaks tho ocean's surges Through centuries of (rowth alone can rise. Thus, through her works. Dame Nature offers ever For our acceptance one persistent thought. 'Tis but by patiënt, Bturdy, brave endeavor The greatcst, best and grandest things are wrought.