It was on oolite and on Oxford Clay
That first I wept in greenwood wilderness
By winding brook and sunken silver stream
What first came into view was seeing not.
An offering of suffering I made
To being itself in hope it would repair
The damage done to others and myself
When wan remembrance took its place in me.
In contemplation of the beauty of
Eternal giving and receiving love
The cause of all the universe contains,
The world has come alive and so have I
Rewarded for enduring winter’s death
By dwelling in eternal summertime.

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