May 12 Daily Cheer

“There’s nothing great

or  small,” hath said the poet of our day
And truly I reiterate “there’s nothing small”
No pebble at my feet but proves a sphere
The chaffinch but implies a cherubim
No hum of lilly-muffled bee but finds
Some coupling music which the whirling stars
Earth’s crammed with heaven
And every common bush afire with God
But only those who see take off their shoes
The rest sit around it and eat blackberries.
-Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Not a blade of grass but has a story to tell, not a heart but has its romance, not a life does not hide a secret which is either its thorn or its spur. Everywhere grief, hope, comedy, tragedy,  even under the perfection of old age, as in the twisted forms of fossils we may discover the agitations and tortures of youth. This thought of the magic wand of poets and preachers; it strips the scales from our fleshly eyes and gives us a clear view into the human life; it opens to the ear of the world of unknown melodies and makes us understand the thousand languages of nature.
-Henri Frederic Amiel.

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