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God stands b4 u in these trees
Posted by: helena (---.akl.callplus.net.nz)
Date: September 04, 2004 07:45AM

kia ora from New Zealand! I'm after a poem bout how the trees are the catheral of God the only line i remember this the last one" God stands before you in these trees"possabily the 1st line is" In this forest vaulted high"anyone know of it??


Re: God stands b4 u in these trees
Posted by: ilza (---.162.246.36.user.ajato.com.br)
Date: September 04, 2004 09:08AM



This is their temple, vaulted high,
and here we pause with reverent eye;
With silent tongue and awestruck soul,
For here we sense life's proper goal;
To make our world, like theirs, a shrine,
Sink down, oh traveler, on your knees,
God stands before you in these trees


complete text ...
Posted by: ilza (---.162.246.36.user.ajato.com.br)
Date: September 04, 2004 09:11AM

The Redwoods
Joseph B. Strauss

Here, sown by the Creator's hand,
In serried ranks, the Redwoods stand;
No other clime is honored so,
No other lands their glory know.

The greatest of Earth's living forms,
Tall conquerors that laugh at storms;
Their challenge still unanswered rings,
Through fifty centuries of kings.

The nations that with them were young,
Rich empires, with their forts far-flung,
Lie buried now - their splendor gone;
But these proud monarchs still live on.

So shall they live, when ends our day,
When our crude citadels decay;
For brief the years allotted man,
But infinite perennials' span.

This is their temple, vaulted high,
And here we pause with reverent eye,
With silent tongue and awe-struck soul;
For here we sense life's proper goal;

To be like these, straight, true and fine,
To make our world, like theirs, a shrine;
Sink down, oh traveler, on your knees,
God stands before you in these trees.


Joseph B. Strauss was the
builder of the Golden Gate Bridge


a picture of Mr. Strauss
Posted by: ilza (---.162.246.36.user.ajato.com.br)
Date: September 04, 2004 09:12AM

and some information

[www.pbs.org]


another link to pictures
Posted by: ilza (---.162.246.36.user.ajato.com.br)
Date: September 04, 2004 09:21AM


Re: God stands b4 u in these trees
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.da.uu.net)
Date: September 04, 2004 06:39PM

Thanks, Ilza. An inspiring poem for those campaigning to preserve old growth forests. We don't have redwoods in Australia, but in small areas of mountain range in my home state of Victoria we have trees popularly called 'mountain ash', eucalypts that can grow close-packed to more than 300 ft high, with extraordinarily straight trunks. Sadly, not many of the old giants left nowadays, after bushfires and loggers.



Post Edited (09-04-04 20:20)


Re: complete text ...
Posted by: helena (---.akl.callplus.net.nz)
Date: September 05, 2004 06:05AM

wow Thank you soo much i never realised it was only the last two verses i had heard before , great to see the whole thing !! again many thanx from Helena


Re: God stands b4 u in these trees
Posted by: helena (---.akl.callplus.net.nz)
Date: September 05, 2004 06:20AM

In New Zealand we have a tree called Rata which is actually a giant vine that takes over a host tree and eventually kills its host in the process ,so the rata ends up with a cave at the base where the host used to be ,the part of the poem i had seen was in a book about the NZ native bush of which the rata is proment they certainaly seem like a natural catheral when you stand in the cave and look up at the huge branches touching the heavens above from Helena




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