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TESTIMONY, by            
First Line: My garden bears testimony to divinity
Last Line: Autumn's arabesques of flame and gold.
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Religion; Theology

My garden bears testimony to divinity;
I sow the seed, itself a mystery;
Invoke the graces of the sun;
Implore the ministry
Of the rain; and yet, when this is done,
It is God
Who thrusts up
Through the imprisoning clod
Miracles of emerald leaf and radiant bloom,
Fashioned of fabrics from a heavenly loom.
Surely none but God can,
Within a seed's pin-point of space,
Pack a blue-print of the cosmos' swaying grace,
Or, from a dry brown root release
The phlox in all its still white peace.
He hangs the rose upon the thorn,
And lifts the lily's samite cup
Brimmed with the dewy nectar of the morn.
It is God alone, knowing infinity,
May be so prodigal of beauty
That he gives to the errant winds the poppy
And the rose, or yields to winter's devastating hold
Autumn's arabesques of flame and gold.

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