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First Line: If ever a garden was gethsemane
Last Line: Last comfort in gethsemane.
Alternate Author Name(s): Bannister, Anne Bethel Scales

If ever a garden was Gethsemane,
with old tombs set high against
the crumpled olive tree -- and lichen,
this, my garden, has been to me.
For such as I none other is so sweet:
Lacking old tombs, here stands my grief,
and certainly its ancient tree.

Peace is here and in every season
a quiet beauty.
The sky falling about me
Evenly to the compass . . .

What is sorrow but tenderness now
in this earth-close frame of land and sky
falling constantly into horizons
of east and west, north and south;
what is pain but happiness here
amid these green and wordless patterns,
indefinite texture of blade and leaf:

Beauty of an old, old tree,
Last comfort in Gethsemane.

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