In the garden, in the shade,
I am a rose among weeds
Blossoming shyly and slowly
Quietly and alone
Aren’t you, young seedling,
More beautiful than I?
In the skies, in the dusk and dawn,
I am a songbird among crows
Singing my melody freely and happily
Though no one would understand the reason
Don’t you, little fledgling,
Have a more glorious song than I?
In the mine, in the dark,
I am the costly gem among rubble
Waiting patiently for man
To pick me up and give me worth
Aren’t you, unseen jewel,
More precious than I?
Though you may not know it,
Though you may have doubts,
You are far greater and precious
Than all of us put together
So bloom, spread your wings, and shine!