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THE VOICE OF GOD – 15 June 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

The poet James Stephens was born in Dublin, Ireland on 2 February 1882 and died in London, England, 26 December 1950.

His poem, “The Voice of God,” which I found in a book of poetry published in 1926, reminds me of this Bible verse in Romans 1:20:

20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
~ New American Standard Version

By James Stephens
(2 February 1882 – 26 December 1950)

I bent unto the ground
And I heard the quiet sound
Which the grasses make when they
Come up laughing from the clay.

“We are the voice of God,” they said:
Thereupon I bent my head
Down again that I might see
If they truly spoke to me.

But around me everywhere
Grass and tree and mountain were
Thundering in a mighty glee,
“We are the voice of deity.”

And I leapt from where I lay,
I danced upon the laughing clay,
And to the rock that sang beside,
“We are the voice of God,” I cried.

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