Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

(24 September 1825 – 22 February 1911 / Baltimore, Maryland)

A Grain Of Sand - Poem by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

Do you see this grain of sand
Lying loosely in my hand?
Do you know to me it brought
Just a simple loving thought?
When one gazes night by night
On the glorious stars of light,
Oh how little seems the span
Measured round the life of man.

Oh! how fleeting are his years
With their smiles and their tears;
Can it be that God does care
For such atoms as we are?
Then outspake this grain of sand
'I was fashioned by His hand
In the star lit realms of space
I was made to have a place.

'Should the ocean flood the world,
Were its mountains 'gainst me hurled
All the force they could employ
Wouldn't a single grain destroy;
And if I, a thing so light,
Have a place within His sight;
You are linked unto his throne
Cannot live nor die alone.

In the everlasting arms
Mid life's dangers and alarms
Let calm trust your spirit fill;
Know He's God, and then be still.'
Trustingly I raised my head
Hearing what the atom said;
Knowing man is greater far
Than the brightest sun or star.


Comments about A Grain Of Sand by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

  • Kevin PatrickKevin Patrick (6/23/2017 10:58:00 PM)

    In the star lit realms of space
    I was made to have a place.

    Damn! Now that's good writing!
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  • Sylvaonyema UbaSylvaonyema Uba (6/23/2017 10:19:00 PM)

    Should the ocean flood the world.

    A good piece of poetry embellished in rhetoric questions.
    Well done!

    Sylva.
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  • Simone Inez Harriman (6/23/2017 6:39:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem that enriches the spirit. (Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (6/23/2017 4:25:00 PM)

    A huge write - -I am going to read more by this lady (Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (6/23/2017 12:14:00 PM)

    Wonderful poetry with a great flow and rhyming. In His creation even a grain of sand has some importance. And He has a purpose in creating it. Nice poetry. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (6/23/2017 10:54:00 AM)

    Within His sight! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (6/23/2017 9:13:00 AM)

    Fantastic expression. The last lines... Knowing man is greater far
    Than the brightest sun or star.. are most meaningful. I appreciate this poem. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (6/23/2017 7:52:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem! Most of it written in total humility. End however displays man's belief in being superior to rest. In some way it describes our conflict and struggle that each one of us have to go through in keeping our balance and proper place while we navigate our life as an individual against all other animate or inanimate forces. All of which have a place in existence. (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (6/23/2017 12:30:00 AM)

    Reminds me of the song BECAUSE WE CAN popularized by BION JOVI....😃😃😃 Thanks for posting👍👍👍 (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 17, 2010



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