A Child’s Thought of God

By Elizabeth Barrett Browning
(1809-1861)



 

They say that God lives very high!
But if you look above the pines
You cannot see our God. And Why?

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

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

But still I feel that His embrace
Slides down by thrills, through all things made,
Through sight and sound of every place;

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

 

Editors note: This essay was originally run in Vol. 2 Issue 7

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