God’s Language to Man [poem by Philip Durham Lorimer]

[Editor: This poem by Philip Durham Lorimer was published in Songs and Verses by Philip Durham Lorimer: An Australian Bush Poet, 1901. This poem is listed separately in the contents of the book, although it appears within the biographical section, from which the following text has been extracted.]

[God’s Language to Man]

At Rutherglen he had a vision of a troubled woman’s face and composed ‘Ethel’ (afterwards printed at Moss Vale), as well as ‘God’s Language to Man’ from which the following lines are taken:—

“Every event of the world —
Its roar, its hush, and its calm —
Is a syllable uttered by God
Who holds the wide earth in His palm ;
While epochs, when closing their flight.
Are each a sentence complete
Of His omnipotent Will
Unravelled beneath His feet ;
While earth, with its history past
Of ages and ages flown.
Has revealed the great God Himself
On His everlasting throne.”




Source:
E. A. Petherick (editor). Songs and Verses by Philip Durham Lorimer: An Australian Bush Poet, William Clowes and Sons, London, 1901, page 29

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