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Saturday, June 11, 2011

The gardener's little prayer by Capek

Since more rain is anounced for ths weekend we might just as well pray for the best...
O Lord, grant that in some way
it may rain every day,
Say from about midnight until three o'clock
in the morning,
But, You see, it must be gentle and warm
so that it can soak in;
Grant that at the same time it would not rain on
campion, alyssum, helianthus, lavendar, and other which
You in Your infinite wisdom know
are drought-loving plants-

I will write their names on a bit of paper
if you like-
And grant that the sun may shine
the whole day long,

But not everywhere (not, for instance, on the
gentian, plantain lily, and rhododendron)
and not too much;

That there may be plenty of dew and little wind,
enough worms, no lice and snails, or mildew,
and that once a week thin liquid manure and guano
may fall from heaven.

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