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YOU ARE ALL LOVELY THINGS, by            
First Line: You are all lovely things I know in my quiet world
Last Line: You are the prayer on my lips.
Subject(s): Gratitude; Hearts; Love; Relationships


You are all lovely things I know in my quiet world.
When pale pink hollyhocks bloom
In the long shadows willows make
At dusk, you are beside me
In your pale pink gown, listening
Surprised, because I have just said,
"You are the breath of a fountain
Upon me in the cool hours of dawn
When birds wake and the morning star
Covers itself with a soft blue cloud."
You are the hollyhock.
You are the fountain.

I have always loved your eyes;
But I have not told you so.
I have not wanted you to know that I love them
Because they are more than beautiful.
That is a little secret joy I share
Only with my happiest self—
Seeing their light betray your soul to me.
I must not tell you your eyes are beautiful
As shadows in a cove overhung with wild grape
In flower under a midday sun.
You are the joy in my heart.
You are the shadow in the cove.

But most of all it is what I am
Because of you that brings a radiant warmth
Into my blood, a prayer of gratitude
Into my heart. You are my friend.
You are the warmth of my blood.
You are the prayer on my lips.





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