Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE LORD SPOKE, by CHARLES VAN LERBERGHE

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THE LORD SPOKE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The lord said to his child
Last Line: Be it all your truth.
Subject(s): Advice; Knowledge; Truth; Voices

The Lord said to his child:
Go, go to the clear fresh garden of the angels
Where apples glisten and roses gleam.
It is yours. It is your kingdom.
But wake naught save the flower
Of things;
Leave the fruit on the branch.
Do not analyze gladness.

Seek not to know
The mystery of earth,
The enigma of being.
Heed not the voice that lures you
In the depths of the shadow,
The voice of temptation,
Serpent or siren voice,

Or the voice of cooing doves
In the shaded groves of love.
Remain unwitting.
Think not, only sing.
All knowledge is vain;
Love beauty only;
Be it all your truth.

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