Trees

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I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

– Joyce Kilmer

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5th August – On This Day In History

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Born:

1930 Neil Armstrong (astronaut, first man to walk on the moon)

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Died:

1962 Marilyn Monroe (actress)

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On This Day:

1957 “Andy Capp” – comic strip, first makes an appearance.

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Have a good Wednesday, 5th August.

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Prayer Of A Soldier In France

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1 My shoulders ache beneath my pack
2 (Lie easier, Cross, upon His back).

3 I march with feet that burn and smart
4 (Tread, Holy Feet, upon my heart).

5 Men shout at me who may not speak
6 (They scourged Thy back and smote Thy cheek).

7 I may not lift a hand to clear
8 My eyes of salty drops that sear.

9 (Then shall my fickle soul forget
10 Thy agony of Bloody Sweat?)

11 My rifle hand is stiff and numb
12 (From Thy pierced palm red rivers come).

13 Lord, Thou didst suffer more for me
14 Than all the hosts of land and sea.

15 So let me render back again
16 This millionth of Thy gift. Amen.

– Joyce Kilmer

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4th August – On This Day In History

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Born:

1901 Louis Armstrong (musician)

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Died:

1875 Hans Christian Andersen (writer of fairy tales)

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On This Day:

1914 Germany declares war on Belgium, and Britain declares war on Germany

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Have a good Tuesday, 4th August

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Roses

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I went to gather roses and twine them in a ring,
For I would make a posy, a posy for the King.
I got an hundred roses, the loveliest there be,
From the white rose vine and the pink rose bush and from the red
rose tree.
But when I took my posy and laid it at His feet
I found He had His roses a million times more sweet.
There was a scarlet blossom upon each foot and hand,
And a great pink rose bloomed from His side for the healing of the
land.
Now of this fair and awful King there is this marvel told,
That He wears a crown of linked thorns instead of one of gold.
Where there are thorns are roses, and I saw a line of red,
A little wreath of roses around His radiant head.
A red rose is His Sacred Heart, a white rose is His face,
And His breath has turned the barren world to a rich and flowery
place.
He is the Rose of Sharon, His gardener am I,
And I shall drink His fragrance in Heaven when I die.

– Joyce Kilmer

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3rd August – On This Day In History

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Born:

1940 Martin Sheen (actor)

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Died:

1924 Joseph Conrad (author – Heart of Darkness)

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On This Day:

1881 The Convention of Pretoria signed by the Boer leaders, making Transvaal Republic semi autonomous

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Have a good Monday, 3rd August

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A Child’s Evening Prayer

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Ere on my bed my limbs I lay,
God grant me grace my prayers to say:
O God! preserve my mother dear
In strength and health for many a year;
And, O! preserve my father too,
And may I pay him reverence due;
And may I my best thoughts employ
To be my parents’ hope and joy;
And, O! preserve my brothers both
From evil doings and from sloth,
And may we always love each other,
Our friends, our father, and our mother,
And still, O Lord, to me impart
An innocent and grateful heart,
That after my last steep I may
Awake to thy eternal day! Amen.

– Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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