Elizabeth Barrett Browning

A Child's Thought of God

They say that God lives very high!

But if you look above the pines

You cannot see our God. And why?

And if you dig down in the mines

You never see Him in the gold,

Though from Him all that's glory shines.

God is so good, He wears a fold

Of heaven and earth across His face—

Like secrets kept, for love, untold.

But still I feel that His embrace

Slides down by thrills, through all things made,

Through sight and sound of every place:

As if my tender mother laid

On my shut lids, her kisses' pressure,

Half waking me at night; and said

"Who kissed you through the dark, dear guesser?"