THE GARDEN OF THE LORD
It is the garden of the Lord,
And God Himself walks there:
The flowers bloom the year around,
And perfume all the air.
The trees are bright with gleaming birds,
The air with music rings:
Small creatures of the garden world
Pass by on brilliant wings.
And animals of ponderous size,
With sinews built for strength:
And animals of slender grace
Roam all its breadth and length.
But all obey the spell of love,
They know not to destroy:
They grace the garden everywhere,
And heighten all its joy.
And there is one of nobler mien,
Who lives as master there;
For him the garden planted was,
He is of God an heir.
He daily walks among the trees,
And cultivated the flowers:
He loves each bird and animal;
He loves the groves and bowers.
He walks with God and talks with God;
God is his closest friend;
He ever seeks God’s will to do,
They meet at each day’s end.
Yet man is lonely day by day;
There is a need at heart,
That neither bird nor beast can meet;
He lives alone, apart.
His God then gives another self,
His life with him to share;
And she is of him for him made,
His image she does bear.
And she now with flowing hair,
With laughing, smiling face:
And she now comes with loving ways,
With form of charming grace.
Her voice now ripples into songs,
And now in whispers sweet:
And clothed in beauty meek she stands,
A mate for Adam meet.
And he now takes her by the hand,
And she becomes his bride:
And they now face the world as one,
To journey side by side.
And he now takes her by the hand
And they together roam:
The garden no more lonely is,
For Eve has made it home.
The flowers gleam with the lovelier hues
Than ever seen before:
The birds now sing far sweeter songs,
And far more gaily soar.
For man has found the dearest thing,
That graces earth below:
And man enjoys companionship
As he goes to and fro.
Image above retrieved from:
Photo: The Creation of Adam (1508-1512), fresco painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo (1475-1564), it illustrates the Biblical story from the Book of Genesis in which God breathes life into Adam, the first man.