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If you like Wendell Berry’s poetry, you should familiarize yourself with the poems of nature writer Liberty Hyde Bailey!

Bailey was one of the most prominent American botanists and horticulturalists of the early twentieth century.  He was also an agrarian writer whose work inspired Wendell Berry and one of the fathers of the Country Life Movement, and yes, also a nature poet.

Yesterday was Bailey’s birthday, and in honor of the occasion, we marked down our edition of his collection of poems to 99c for Kindle!
(This is a limited time offer and a great chance to familiarize yourself with his wonderful poetry!)

Wind and Weather: Poems

Liberty Hyde Bailey

with an introductory essay
by C. Christopher Smith
co-author of Slow Church

Kindle edition:  [ Get it now for 99c! ]

 
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“We complain of the increased tempo of our lives, but our frenetic lives are just reflection of the economic system that we have created.”
-Stanley Hauerwas
Born on this date, 1940

*** Books by Stanley Hauerwas
 
Poem of the Day:
Brotherhood
by Liberty Hyde Bailey
(Because every day is INTERdependence Day)
*** Our intro to Bailey’s life & work.

 
Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day: 
The Divine Embrace: Recovering the Passionate Spiritual Life
by Robert Webber

Only $2.51!
 
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The Wake Up Call – July 24, 2014

 

Liberty Hyde Bailey

Tomorrow (March 15) is the birthday of one of my favorite poets, Liberty Hyde Bailey.

Bailey was one of the most prominent American botanists and horticulturalists of the early twentieth century.  He was also an agrarian writer and one of the fathers of the Country Life Movement, and yes, also a nature poet.

Here you can read some of his poems that have been posted on our site over the last 6 years:

 

 

DOWNLOAD A FREE COPY
of Bailey’s classic book THE HOLY EARTH

 
Here is the introduction to the newest edition of Bailey’s main collection of poems WIND AND WEATHER, in which I argue why Bailey’s voice is an important one for our times…
 

“The Prophetic Power of Poetry”

An Introduction to
Wind and Weather.
by Liberty Hyde Bailey.

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Liberty Hyde Bailey

A poem from

Wind And Weather: Poems

Liberty Hyde Bailey

Doulos Christou Press, 2008.
Buy now:  [ Kindle ]

[ Read ERB Editor Chris Smith’s intro to this collection of poems ]

Snow-Storm

Liberty Hyde Bailey

 

With windy haste and wild halloo the sheeting snow comes down

And drives itself through bush and swale and leagues of stubble brown.

 

Blessings on the waiting fields when the sheeting snow comes down.
 
 

Image Credit: Aaron Klinefelter
(Taken in one of the Englewood Community Gardens)

 




 

Hands
Liberty Hyde Bailey

[Today — March 15 — is the birthday of Liberty Hyde Bailey]

Liberty Hyde Bailey

 

This poem is from the collection:

 

Wind and Weather: Poems

Read the introduction to this collection by ERB Editor Chris Smith

 


 

DOWNLOAD A FREE COPY
of Bailey’s classic book THE HOLY EARTH

 

    Some hands go to the manicure
    To primp and polish and shine
    Some hands go to the velvet lure
    And some to the jewel shrine;
But these are the hands that hold the plow
The self same hands as of old and now;—
They are the hands that court’sy and perk
But these are the hands that do the work.

 

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We published our first three new Kindle ebooks this week…

a new frontier for our ongoing efforts to revive and disseminate classic works at affordable prices that we believe are essential for stirring the imagination of church communities:

      

These books are the first releases in two series, watch for additional titles in both series coming in the next few weeks.

  • The Library of  Radical Christian Discipleship (a collection of over 100+ titles from across the span of church history, divided into a number of series: Early-Church, Monasticism, Anabaptism, Stone-Campbell Tradition, etc.).  We start with the Stone-Campbell tradition (10 titles, including the above two), since that is our church tradition and since we already have published some of these books in print editions.
  • The Liberty Hyde Bailey Kindle Bookshelf Bailey was one of the most prominent American botanists of the early twentieth century and a leader in the Rural life movement, who work has set the stage for today’s new agrarianism (Wendell Berry, Wes Jackson, et al).  Initial release, six titles including the above Wind and Weather.

Be sure to check out these new Kindle ebooks ! And if you have read any of them, we’d love for you to leave a brief review on Amazon…

 

Faith And Trust

Liberty Hyde Bailey

Editor’s note: I re-encountered this poem earlier this week, and was struck by how poignant a response it held to all the recent controversy about Rob Bell’s new book Love Wins. Or, at least this is how I feel about it…

Two workmen true as I passed by
Announced what things beyond us lie,—
Two views that never can agree
Yet each one knew just what will be.
Of present days they were not sure
But each man’s future was secure,
For faith had set them both to know
Precisely how our destins flow.

But only this and this I know,—
That I am here and then I go.
I pass my work with hope and zest
And live my time as it seems best;
I live it full and drain it deep,—
’Tis well to live, ’tis vain to weep.
If there be things I cannot tell
The more I trust that all is well.
I take the cheer from daily lot
And for the rest I vex me not,
For what there is beyond the sod
I leave it all to Time and God.

— from Bailey’s collection of poems, Wind and Weather
(Doulos Christou Press reprint edition 2008)
Read the Book’s introduction here

Faith And Trust

Two workmen true as I passed by

Announced what things beyond us lie,

Two views that never can agree

Yet each one knew just what will be.

Of present days they were not sure

But each man’s future was secure,

For faith had set them both to know

Precisely how our destins flow.

But only this and this I know,

That I am here and then I go.

I pass my work with hope and zest

And live my time as it seems best;

I live it full and drain it deep,

Tis well to live, ’tis vain to weep.

If there be things I cannot tell

The more I trust that all is well.

I take the cheer from daily lot

And for the rest I vex me not,

For what there is beyond the sod

I leave it all to Time and God.

 

Read an excerpt below from Liberty Hyde Bailey’s classic book:

OUTLOOK TO NATURE.

Anyone who is signed up for a free email subscription to the ERB is eligible to receive a free PDF version of this ebook. 

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“Apple-Year”
Liberty Hyde Bailey

[ from Wind and Weather: Poems
Read the Book’s Intro ]

My last winter apple I ate today.
Shapely and stout in their modelled skins
Securely packed in my cellar bins
Two dozen good kinds of apple-spheres lay.

And today I went to my orchard trees
And picked me the first-ripe yellow fruits
That hung far out on the swinging shoots
In summer suns and the wonder-day breeze.

And thereby it was that the two years met
Deep in the heart of the ripe July
When the wheat was shocked and streams were dry;
And weather of winter stayed with me yet.

For I planted these orchard trees myself
On hillside slopes that belong to me
Where visions are wide and winds are free
That all the round year might come to my shelf.

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“Spring Rivulet”
Liberty Hyde Bailey

(From WIND AND WEATHER: POEMS
Doulos Christou Press, 2008 edition)

When the March suns come
And meadows are free
And the waters start
A-way to the sea,
Far back in the fields
When the keen winds blow
I follow a rill
From a bank of snow.
There the last drift lies
In a fence-row hedge
And an inch-wide thread
Drops out of its edge;
And the, day-old pools
Ice-rimmed on the grass
Seep into the stream
As its waters pass.
Sparkle and sparkle the streamlets roam,
Grasses and twigs are pointing from home.

Oh winter, my winter, you have left me again;
The snow’s gone from the hillsides and meadows are bare,
The orchards are vacant and all stark is the glen,
The highways are drying and the woodlands are spare.

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