Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | July 8, 2008

POEM OF THE DAY: Give Me Strength

by Esther Popel (1896 – 1958).


Grant Me Strength


Give me the strength

Of verdant hills

Washed clean by summer rain;


Of purple hills

At peace when weary Day                                                  5

Sinks quietly to rest

In Night’s cool arms;


Of rugged, wind-whipped hills

That lift their heads

Above the petty, lowland, valley things,                       10

And shake their shoulders free

Of bonds that hold

Them close to earth;


Of snow-capped hills

Sun-kissed by day, by night                                               15

Companioned by the stars;


Of grim volcanoes

Pregnant with the fires

Of molten fury!


Grant me strength,                                                            20

Great God,

Like that of hills!



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