The kiss of the sun for pardon

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.

That lovely little stanza came to mind tonight and thanks to the fine Bartleby website, I was able to correctly attribute it. And thanks to Google, I learned that the brief stanza I knew from garden plaques was actually part of a larger poem. Enjoy…


God’s Garden

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

by Dorothy Frances Gurney (1858 – 1932)

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3 thoughts on “The kiss of the sun for pardon

  1. Kimberley,

    Thank you for all your messages, sorry for the delay on responding… I’ll send you a note soon.
    Thanks Bianca

    PS: It’s a boy

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