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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. (1878–1962).  Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1920.  1920.
 
The Prodigal
 
Louise Ayres Garnett
 
 
GOD has such a splendid way
Of launching his unchallenged yea:
 
Of giving sphery grapes their sheen;
Of painting trees and grasses green;
 
Of crooning April rains that we        5
May wash us in simplicity;
 
Of swinging little smiling moons
Beyond the reach of noisy noons;
 
Of storing in the honey bee
The whole of life’s epitome.        10
 
God has such a splendid way
Of tempting beauty out of clay,
 
And from the scattered dusts that sleep
Summoning men who laugh and weep;
 
And, by and by, of letting death        15
Draw into space our thread of breath.

  Poetry, A Magazine of Verse
 

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