Bearers of the Word

The shafts that bear the grain aloft are very slender;

The roots that hold them to the soil are very tender,


Yet all the grain is lifted high to ripen under summer sky

And tell the millions by and by of God the sender.


The men who bear the Word aloft are often lowly;

The ties that bind them to the work all strengthen slowly,


And yet the Word is carried wide to every land on every tide,

The peoples manifold to guide to God the Holy.