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THE CATHOLIC STUDY CIRCLE

FOR ANIMAL WELFARE

Poetry

A Processional of Creation
By Christina G Rosetti

SEA.
Today I praise God with a sparkling face,
My thousand thousand waves all uttering praise:
Tomorrow I commit me to His Grace.

FLOODS.
We spring and swell meandering to and fro,
From height to depth, from depth to depth we flow,
We fertilise the world, and praise Him so.

WHALES AND SEA MAMMALS.
We Whales and Monsters gambol in His sight
Rejoicing every day and every night,
Safe in the tender keeping of His might.

FISHES.
Our fashions and our colours and our speeds
Set forth His praise who framed us and who feeds,
Who knows our number and regards our needs.

BIRDS.
Winged Angels of this visible world, we fly
To sing God's praises in the lofty sky;
We scale the height to praise our Lord most High.

EAGLE AND DOVE.
I the sun-gazing Eagle, -
I the Dove
With plumes of softness and a note of love, -
We praise by divers gifts one God above.

BEASTS AND CATTLE
We forest Beasts,-
We Beasts of hill or cave, -
We border-loving creatures of the wave, -
We praise our King with voices deep and grave.

SMALL ANIMALS
God forms us weak and small, but pours out all
We need, and notes us while we stand or fall:
Wherefore we praise Him, weak and safe and small.

LAMB
I praise my loving Lord, Who maketh me
His type by harmless sweet simplicity:
Yet He the Lamb of lambs incomparably.

LION.
I praise the Lion of the Royal Race,
Strongest in fight and swiftest in the chase:
With all my might I leap and lavish praise.

ALL MEN.
All creatures sing around us, and we sing:
We bring our own selves as our offering,
Our very selves we render to our King.

ALL.
Let everything that hath or hath not breath,
Let days and endless days, let life and death,
Praise God, praise God, praise God, His creature saith.

From 'All Thy Works Praise Thee, O Lord.' Christina G Rosetti, 1830 - 1894

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