Blessing of the Desert

June 11, 2011

The monk knelt at his rock-hewn door
Ere the sun had fired the day;
He stretched wide arms of love, to bless
The Desert vast and gray;
Rich light of faith shone in his eyes,
Rich tears of joy he shed:
“O wondrous Garden of the Lord,
Here at my feet outspread!
What odours rise, what bridal songs
What endless flowers unfold!
What silver lights among the leaves!
What dews of glinting gold!
O Lord! O Love! O thought most sweet!
What joys in Heaven are mine,
Where here on earth Thou has set my feet
‘Mid lily and rose and vine!”

– from “The Desert” by Paul England, published in The Pall Mall magazine, 1903.

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One Response to “Blessing of the Desert”

  1. Suze said

    Rich light of faith shown in his eyes …

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