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First Line: Whenever I behold a little bird
Last Line: And bird and beast and man are one in thee.
Subject(s): Birds; Cain; Faith; Love; Vision; Belief; Creed


WHENEVER I behold a little bird
Moving and singing close about my feet,
All unafraid -- because I have not stirred --
Of brutal blow or pitiless bullet fleet,
Eager to meet the mood which I profess,
By blithe acceptance of my friendliness,

I get a vision of the far-off day,
Far-off and dim, described by faith alone,
When all the tribes of Cain have passed away,
And Love, somehow, has come into his own;
When kindness is the one felicity,
And bird and beast and man are one in Thee.





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