Poetry, VOLUME 3

Poem: “Nature’s Hymn to the Deity” – John Clare [Vol. 3, #32]

Nature’s Hymn to the Deity
by John Clare

All nature owns with one accord
The great and universal Lord:
The sun proclaims him through the day,
The moon when daylight drops away,
The very darkness smiles to wear
The stars that show us God is there,
On moonlight seas soft gleams the sky
And ‘God is with us’ waves reply.

Winds breathe from God’s abode ‘we come,’
Storms louder own God is their home,
And thunder yet with louder call,
Sounds ‘God is mightiest over all’;
Till earth right loath the proof to miss
Echoes triumphantly ‘He is,’
And air and ocean makes reply,
God reigns on earth, in air and sky.

All nature owns with one accord
The great and universal Lord:
Insect and bird and tree and flower —
The witnesses of every hour —
Are pregnant with his prophesy
And ‘God is with us’ all reply.
The first link in the mighty plan
Is still — and all upbraideth man.

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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com


One Comment

  1. Amen! Regardless of one’s religion, a memorable, well-written poem must ring true. So I add my Amen (so be it) to this classical poem, not only as a Christian, but as a poet in search of an honest poetry.