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God’s Garden

Dorothy Frances Gurney 1914

The Lord God planted a garden

In the first white days of the world,

And he sent there an angel warden

In a garment of light enforced.

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,

We’re 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.

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