Mine and Thine (1904)/Nature

For works with similar titles, see Nature.

Published as "Natura Benigna" in Poems I (1916).

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Iweave the beginning, I fashion the end;
Life is my fellow, and Death is my friend;
Time cannot stay me,
Nor evil betray me,—
They that would harm me, unknowing, defend.

I ravel asunder, I knit every flaw;
Blossoms I scatter, with tempests I awe;
Birthplace of duty,
And shrine of all beauty,—
Firmly I govern, and love is my law!