Classic and Contemporary Poetry
SUN AND RAIN, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY Poet's Biography
First Line: All day the sun and rain have been
Last Line: Their wet eyes heavenward with these of mine.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Baptism; Flowers; God; Rain; Roses; Christenings
ALL day the sun and rain have been as friends,
Each vying with the other which shall be
Most generous in dowering earth and sea
With their glad wealth, till each, as it descends,
Is mingled with the other, where it blends
In one warm, glimmering mist that falls on me
As once God's smile fell over Galilee.
The lily-cup, filled with it, droops and bends
Like some white saint beside a sylvan shrine
In silent prayer; the roses at my feet,
Baptized with it as with a crimson wine,
Gleam radiant in grasses grown so sweet,
The blossoms lift, with tenderness divine,
Their wet eyes heavenward with these of mine.
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