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The winter's sleep was long and deep,
but earth is awakened and gay;
for the life ne'er dies that from God doth rise,
and the green comes after the grey.
So God doth bring the world to spring;
and on their holy day
the Church proclaims her Apostles' fame,
to welcome the first of May.
Two Saints of God went by the road
that leadeth on to light;
and they gave up all at their Master's call,
to work in their Master's sight.
Would Philip's mind the Father find?
Lo, he has found the Way;
for to know the Son is to know the One
whom the earth and the heavens obey.
And, James, 'twas thine by grace divine
to preach the Christian life,
where our faith is shown by our works alone,
and love overcometh strife.
Lord, grant that we may brethren be,
as Christians live in deed;
for it is but so we can learn to know
the truth that to thee doth lead.