Verses for Main Lesson

October 9, 2015

Our October Rhythm Challenge was all about creating a rhythm for your main lessons. One thing that can especially help to create a feeling of rhythm is beginning and ending your lessons with a verse!

Verses for Main Lesson, from Lavender's Blue HomeschoolHere are several ideas for verses. It’s good to stick with the same opening and closing verse for the entire year but it’s fine to choose different verses in different grades. In Waldorf schools children in grades one through four begin each day with the verse by Rudolf Steiner below.  All verses are traditional or unknown author except where noted.

Opening Verses

The earth is firm beneath my feet,
The sun shines bright above.
And here I stand,
So straight and strong,
All things to know and love.


Morning has come,
Night is away,
Rise with the sun,
And welcome the day.


The Sun with loving light
Makes bright for me each day,
The soul with spirit power
Gives strength unto my limbs,
In sunlight shining clear
I revere, Oh God,
The strength of humankind,
Which Thou so graciously
Has planted in my soul,
That I with all my might,
May love to work and learn.
From Thee stream light and strength
To Thee rise love and thanks.

{Rudolf Steiner}

Closing Verses

All my doing now has ended,
What I have learned may rest.
When I have done my best,
Wisdom, love, and strength may grow,
And I shall bless all those I know.


Stars and moon and sun,
And now my lesson is done.


All round the great world we will go on our journey,
On lands and wide oceans we seek our adventures,
Then back to our own little circle of homeland.

Note: This can be spoken while you walk a spiral slowly into the middle.


The sun is in my heart
He warms me with his power
He wakens life and lives
In bird and beast and flower


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