Friday, May 27, 2011

The Secret Flower

The Secret Flower

by Jane Tyson Clement

This child was born to men of God:
Love to the world was given;
In him were truth and beauty met,
On him was set
At birth the seal of heaven.

He came the Word to manifest,
Earth to the stars he raises:
The teacher’s errors are not his,
The Truth he is:
No man can speak his praises.

He evil fought and overcame,
He took from death the power;
To all that follow where he goes
At last he shows
The kingdom’s secret flower.

The secret flower shall bloom on earth
In them that have beholden;
The heavenly spirit shall be plain
In them again,
As first it was of olden.


Paraphrased from the 17th century German by Eleanor Farjean.

Note: Reprinted from Copyright 2003 by The Bruderhof Foundation, Inc. Used with permission.

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