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The Acorn

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 19, 2012

The Acorn

An Address Spoken by a Young Saint

By Edward S. Shaw

Dear friends, behold this tiny fruit:
It seems a wondrous thing,
That, wrapt up in an acorn’s shell,
Should live a forest king.

But plant it in a genial soil,
And as the year rolls round,
Then may you see a hardy plant
Appear above the ground.

Observe its growth: it rises high;
Its limbs stretch far and wide;
The acorn has become a tree;
The tree, the woodland’s pride.

And though a boy, I am a Saint,
And hope to be a man,
To grow in grace and understand
The gospel’s mighty plan, –

To build up temples to the Lord, –
To spread his truths abroad;
And on Mountain Zion, when redeemed,
To stand — a son of God.

(1860)



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