But then one day a serpent came
and the beautiful garden grew cold.
The tiny birds flew far away
and songs were no longer told.
The tree was cased in fiercesome ice,
and cried to God on high:
“O God, let me shelter your creatures again,
“let them sing in the evening sky.”
Text by Fr Victor Hoagland, C.P.
Banner illustration based on Paul Signac: Le Pin, Saint Tropez, 1892-1893; photo illustration unique.