Sunday, February 22, 2009

Life's Lessons Poem

Life's Lessons

I learn, as the years roll onward
And leave the past behind,
That much I had counted sorrow
But proves that God is kind;
That many a flower I had longed for
Had hidden a thorn of pain,
And many a rugged bypath
Led to fields of ripened grain.

The clouds that cover the sunshine
They can not banish the sun;
And the earth shines out the brighter
When the weary rain is done.
We must stand in the deepest shadow
To see the clearest light;

And often through wrong's own darkness
Comes the very strength of light.
The sweetest rest is at even,
After a wearisome day,
When the heavy burden of labor
Has borne from our hearts away;

And those who have never known sorrow
Can not know the infinite peace
That falls on the troubled spirit
When it sees at least release.
We must live through the dreary winter
If we would value the spring;
And the woods must be cold and silent
Before the robins sing.

The flowers must be buried in darkness
Before they can bud and bloom,
And the sweetest, warmest sunshine
Comes after the storm and gloom.

Unknown Author

This poem is a favorite of mine. Someone handwrote this and gave it to me at my son Aaron's funeral in 1985. They only wrote the 1st stanza of it and I didn't know until about 10 years ago when I was reading a poetry book at Barnes and Noble that there was lots more to the poem.

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