That bud and bloom in Paradise;
More fair they are than waking eyes,
Have seen in all this world of ours.
And faint the perfume-bearing rose,
And faint the lily on its stem,
And faint the perfect violet compare with them.
I heard the songs of Paradise;
Each bird sat singing in its place;
A tender song so full of grace
It soared like incense to the skies.
Each bird sat singing to his mate
Soft cooing notes among the trees;
The nightingale herself were cold
To such as these.
And deep it was, with golden sand;
If flowed between a mossy land
Which murmured music grave and low.
It hath refreshment for all thirst,
Far fainting spirits strength and rest;
Earth holds not such a draught as this
From east to west.
The tree life stood budding there,
Abundant with it twelve fold fruits;
Eternal sap sustains its roots,
Its shadowing branches fill the air.
Its leaves are healing for the world,
Its fruit the hungry world can feed,
Sweeter than honey to the taste
And balm indeed.
And looked, but scarce could not look, within;
I saw the garden streets begin,
And outskirts of the glassy pool.
Oh harps, oh crowns of plenteous stars,
Oh green palm-branches many-leaved --
Eye hath not seen, nor ear hath heard,
Nor heart conceived.
But not as once in dreams by night;
To see them with my very sight,
And touch and handle, and attain;
To have all heaven beneath my feet
For narrow way that once they trod;
To have my part with all the Saints,
And with my God.
Derived from book named " Six Qualities of WOMEN of Character "