God gave to mankind the beauties of earth,
Of mountains, and lowlands and sea,
Rivers and lakes, forests and glades,
These wondrous gifts gave He.
But He kept for His own a Garden
Rugged, forbidding, austere,
Surrounded by peaks uplifted—
Snow-capped throughout the year.
And He draped it with marvelous colors
At dawn and at set of sun,
And hung high in the sky the wonderful stars
To light it when day is done.
And He walks in His Garden at twilight
And all who would have surcease
From life’s toil and struggle, may find it
In the Desert, God’s Garden of Peace.
—NELLIE N. COFFMAN