A CHILD’S THOUGHT OF GOD
By Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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A CHILD’S THOUGHT OF GOD
By Elizabeth Barrett Browning
6 March 1806 - 29 June 1861

I.
They say that God lives very high;
But, if you look above the pines,
You cannot see our God; and why?

II.
And, if you dig down in the mines,
You never see him in the gold;
Though from him all that’s glory shines.

III.
God is so good he wears a fold
Of heaven and earth across his face,
Like secrets kept for love, untold.

IV.
But still I feel that his embrace
Slides down by thrills through all things made, –
Through sight and sound of every place.

V.
As if my tender mother laid
On my shut lips her kisses’ pressure,
Half waking me at night, and said
“Who kissed you through the dark, dear guesser?”

 

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