“Do no dishonour to the Earth…”

by horngyih

“Do no dishonour to the Earth,
lest you dishonour the spirit of man.
Hold your hands out over the Earth
as over a flame.
To all who love her,
who open to her the doors of their veins,
she gives of her strength
sustaining them with her own measureless tremor of dark life.

Touch the Earth,
Love the Earth,
Honour the Earth.

Her plains,
Her valleys,
Her hills,
and her Seas.

Rest your spirit in her solitary places,
for the gifts of life are the Earth’s,
and they are given to all.
And they are the songs of birds at daybreak
Orion and the Bear
And dawn seen over Ocean from the Beach.”

—Henry Beston, “The Outermost House”