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WHITE BIRCH, by            
First Line: Teach me to bend beneath the wind as purely!
Last Line: Strong as the sun, unshaken and divine.
Subject(s): Birch Trees


Teach me to bend beneath the wind as purely!
With lilt of line, resilient yet not weak;
To straighten back again, serenely, surely,
Perfect in poise till other storms shall speak.

Teach me to know the discipline demanded;
When to accept and when to seek my own.
Let me respond unto the deed commanded
Walking by faith until the light is shown.

Then like the white-limbed tree to peace returning
Shorn of its leaves, but purer still of line
Let me return to Love and find it burning
Strong as the sun, unshaken and divine.





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