Gift #654: Garden delight

This beautiful poem is etched on a plaque at the entrance of Denver Botanic Gardens.  While one of the stanzas is well known, the poem in its entirety is a lovely piece of work and I’d like to share it with you today along with some more pictures of the gardens.  I love the poem for its reminder that gardens play a pivotal role in our collective story.  After all, paradise was lost and won back for us in a garden.  God took His first steps on earth in a garden after finishing the work of the original creation.  And His first steps after His resurrection were also in a garden – when He finished the work of a new creation and a new kingdom.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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Blessings to you,

Sarah

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One Response to Gift #654: Garden delight

  1. Wonderful photos ! Thank you for sharing the poem- right in line with other things I’ve been reading today. May all be well with you, WG

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