Dancing Dust

Poems by Mollie Caird (1922-2000)

Harvest hymn
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Great God of love and laughter,
Of corn and laden tree,
Grant us the gift  hereafter
To feast in heaven with thee;
But keep us from forgetting,
Amid this harvest food,
The bread of Jesus' sweating,
The wine of Jesus' blood.

When Joseph ruled the nation
He filled the hungry years;
When Ruth met bleak starvation
She gleaned her barley ears.
Great God, forgive our blindness,
Spare us the wrath from high,
Who kill ourselves with kindness
While others' children die.

The golden sunshine dapples
The poppies and the wheat;
The pears and plums and apples
Fall rich about our feet.
Lord, we are poor and fickle,
And blown like autumn leaves,
But give us each a sickle
To help bring home thy sheaves.


Undated