Sidney Lanier

(1842-1881 / Macon / Georgia)

A Ballad Of The Trees And The Master


Into the woods my Master went,
Clean forspent, forspent.
Into the woods my Master came,
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  • Rookie - 58 Points Judith Hill (11/30/2009 7:57:00 PM)

    I have these words which I believe also belong to this poem. Is this correct? It would have to be the beginning of the poem.
    'Mary walked among the birch trees
    questioning each one.
    'Little birch trees, little white souls,
    Have you seen my son? '
    None made answer, none knew of him...... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 58 Points Jerry L Ogles (12/5/2007 5:47:00 AM)

    Dear Lecie:
    There certainly is a biblical aspect to this poem of Lanier's. As a matter of fact, it was made into a hymn and can be found, I believe, in the 1940 Hymnal of the Episcopal Church (PECUSA, not ECUSA) .
    It is a beautiful expression of Christ's sacrifice and final victory for us.
    Jerry (*___~) (Report) Reply

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