I. In the forest of trees, They looked for a king Mid the loftiest tree-tops That scraped the canopy, Where the eye soared to see; They looked there for a king, And staggered drunk to see Such height there. But the priest of the trees Turned then to see The lowliest sprig On a tall cedar tree; A sprig small and tender, Mid the tallest of trees, Which swayed far below The canopy there. Here is your king, Said the priest of the trees, Here is this sprig, Your new king to be. And the trees mocked and scoffed And swayed in the breeze, Staggering, drunk, At the farce there. Beware, said the priest, The priest of the trees, You may all see With eyes turned towards The loftiest trees in the canopy. But the God of these trees He does not see As you and I see; not at all. And the silence that fell O’er the tree-tops and leaves, That fell in the breeze Of the canopy there, Was a silence thick With the hardness that fell O’er the trees and their leaves In the canopy. The priest took the sprig, The tenderest sprig; You will be king, He said to the sprig; And all of the trees Swayed dumb to see The sprig rise and rise To the canopy… II. Some trust in chariots Some trust in horses Some trust in mountains Some in their fortresses Some trust in mustard seeds Sown in their smallness Soon grown to be The tallest of trees Some will collapse Some will fall down Some from the canopy Straight to the ground Some will be kings Some will be fools Some will be crowned Some will be ruled Some will seem fools Fools for the king And be crowned by Him Who is truly the king Some will fall down At the feet of the king Humbled from proud By the humblest king III. For we do not see As the king always sees And we do not think As He always thinks Our eyes are untrained Our focus is slight But soon we will see In His brightest of lights And then we will see As He’ll make us see And we will stand tall Or fall down before Our true king, unveiled For all to see And then we shall know The true King of all And the greatest of shrubs From a small mustard seed Will be in His courts The prince among trees.