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God’s Garden

November 19, 2011

THE Lord God planted a garden In the first white days of the world, And He set there an angel warden In a garment of light enfurled.

So near to the peace of Heaven, That the hawk might nest with the wren, For there in the cool of the even God walked with the first of men.

And I dream that these garden-closes With their shade and their sun-flecked sod And their lilies and bowers of roses, Were laid by the hand of God.

The kiss of the sun for pardon, The song of the birds for mirth,– One is nearer God’s heart in a garden Than anywhere else on earth.

For He broke it for us in a garden Under the olive-trees Where the angel of strength was the warden And the soul of the world found ease.

Dorothy Frances Gurney

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