FAIRER than violets are"Fairer Than Violets Are" by Florence Earle Coates. Published in The Unconquered Air (1912).
That blossom in the virgin Spring,
More sweet than the song of birds
When first of love they sing,
A gift of pure and perfect worth,
She came to this our darkened earth
A smile of God to bring:
She came that we might lay
Our griefs, submissive, 'neath the sod;
She came that light might beam
From every path she trod;
She came that memory might confer
Blessing and hope, for, knowing her,
We know the love of God.