The Desert

God s Garden of Peace

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

Palm Springs.

1937

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