A Basque Peasant returning from Church

I have long loved this poem (to be found in the Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse, first published in 1917). Alas, I can find nothing about the poet, Anna Bunston (Mrs. De Bary) in any of the usual reference books.

O LITTLE lark, you need not fly
To seek your Master in the sky,
He treads our native sod;
Why should you sing aloft, apart?
Sing to the heaven of my heart;
In me, in me, in me is God!

O strangers passing in your car,
You pity me who come so far
On dusty feet, ill shod;
You cannot guess, you cannot know
Upon what wings of joy I go
Who travel home with God.

From far-off lands they bring your fare,
Earth’s choicest morsels are your share,
And prize of gun and rod;
At richer boards I take my seat,
Have dainties angels may not eat:
In me, in me, in me is God!

O little lark, sing loud and long
To Him who gave you flight and song,
And me a heart aflame.
He loveth them of low degree,
And He hath magnified me,
And holy, holy, holy is His Name!

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One Response to A Basque Peasant returning from Church

  1. Bryan Boon says:

    Anna Bunston de Bary is my third cousin. Her father was my great grandmother’s brother. If you want to know more then please use my e-mail address.

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