Alfred Joyce Kilmer

Citizen of the World

Alfred Joyce Kilmer (December 6, 1886 – July 30, 1918) was an American writer and poet mainly remembered for a short poem titled "Trees" (1913), which was published in the collection Trees and Other Poems in 1914. Though a prolific poet whose works celebrated the common beauty of the natural world …






No longer of Him be it said
"He hath no place to lay His head."
 
In every land a constant lamp
Flames by His small and mighty camp.
 
There is no strange and distant place
That is not gladdened by His face.
 
And every nation kneels to hail
The Splendour shining through Its veil.
 
Cloistered beside the shouting street,
Silent, He calls me to His feet.
 
Imprisoned for His love of me
He makes my spirit greatly free.
 
And through my lips that uttered sin
The King of Glory enters in.

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