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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IV. The Higher Life.  1904.
 
I. The Divine Element—(God, Christ, the Holy Spirit)
“God is everywhere”
Robert Nicoll (1814–1837)
 
A TRODDEN daisy, from the sward,
  With tearful eye I took,
And on its ruined glories I,
  With moving heart, did look;
For, crushed and broken though it was,        5
  That little flower was fair;
And oh! I loved the dying bud,
  For God was there!
 
I stood upon the sea-beat shore,
  The waves came rushing on;        10
The tempest raged in giant wrath,
  The light of day was gone.
The sailor from his drowning bark
  Sent up his dying prayer;
I looked amid the ruthless storm,        15
  And God was there!
 
I sought a lonely, woody dell,
  Where all things soft and sweet,
Birds, flowers, and trees, and running streams,
  Mid bright sunshine did meet:        20
I stood beneath an old oak’s shade,
  And summer round was fair;
I gazed upon the peaceful scene,
  And God was there!
 
I saw a home—a happy home—        25
  Upon a bridal day,
And youthful hearts were blithesome there,
  And aged hearts were gay:
I sat amid the smiling band
  Where all so blissful were—        30
Among the bridal maidens sweet—
  And God was there!
 
I stood beside an infant’s couch,
  When light had left its eye—
I saw the mother’s bitter tears,        35
  I heard her woful cry—
I saw her kiss its fair pale face,
  And smooth its yellow hair;
And oh, I loved the mourner’s home,
  For God was there!        40
 
I sought a cheerless wilderness—
  A desert, pathless wild—
Where verdure grew not by the streams,
  Where beauty never smiled;
Where desolation brooded o’er        45
  A muirland lone and bare,
And awe upon my spirit crept,
  For God was there!
 
I looked upon the lowly flower,
  And on each blade of grass;        50
Upon the forests, wide and deep,
  I saw the tempests pass:
I gazed on all created things
  In earth, in sea, and air;
Then bent the knee—for God, in love,        55
  Was everywhere!
 
 
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