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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
The Prisoner of Love (1904).
III. The Resurrection of the Flowers
By Frederick William Orde Ward (1843–1922)
 
        “He feedeth among the lilies.”
Sol. Song ii. 16.    

THE SEED was sown, perhaps in tears,
And then the miracle appears
Where once was only desert dearth;
And from a hidden realm and root
Leaps into life the tender shoot,        5
Out of its chambers in the earth;
It gathers grace of light and air,
And laughs to find itself so fair.
 
Ah, it may have a vision sweet,
Unmarked by us, of Holy Feet        10
Which are for ever passing by;
And washing these in dainty dew,
With kisses, it may thus renew
Its glories at eternity;
For when they break the scentless sod,        15
The flowers reflect the Face of God.
 
Each is a little word or line
Of the great Mystery Divine,
Each has a lesson in its look:
The varying hue, the virgin green,        20
To humble hearts that spell between
Are Revelation’s open book;
And still the Spirit moves in might,
For those that have the secret sight.
 
 
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