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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


THE HAPPY TREE – 18 April 2009
By Mary T. Hoffman

I found this poem in a book of religious poetry published in 1926. Gerald Gould (1885–1936) was an English writer.

Gerald Gould (1885–1936)

There was a bright and happy tree;
The wind with music laced its boughs,
Thither across the houseless sea
Came singing birds to house.

Men grudged the tree its happy eves,
Its happy dawns of eager sound;
So all that crown and tower of leaves
They leveled with the ground.

They made an upright of the stem,
A crosspiece of a bough they made:
No shadow of their deed on them
The fallen branches laid.

But blithely, since the year was young
When they a fitting hill did find,
There on the happy tree they hung
The Savior of mankind.
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