“He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a sword flaming and turning to guard the way to the tree of life.” ~Genesis 3:24 (NRSV).
Hid from view; a solemn night,
The morn taken from evil intending,
Goodness, eternal, takes holy flight,
The Tree of Life unending.
Holy tree of God’s true light,
Given with tremulous accord,
Innocence is our only delight,
Obedience to the Lord.
The morn, dazzling in its God-light, is revealed only to those humbly obedient, innocent ones—innocent only by the works of their Saviour. All others: a solemn night. To them, the morn is hid; and so, the Tree of Life.