[PW] Searching Title Bird God Poem

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Wed Apr 22 01:03:01 PDT 2020

The poem you are searching for might be a response or a commentary on
a passage in the New Testament. Perhaps you have already heard this.
Knowing this background might by helpful to you during your search.

Biblical Passage: Matthew 6:25-27 New International Version (NIV)

[Begin excerpt]
Do Not Worry
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will
eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more
than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the
air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your
heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?
[End excerpt]

Year: 2000 (1996 Copyright)
Title: The Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers: A Manual of Preaching
Spiritual Reading and Meditation
Translated and Edited by M. F. Toal, D.D.
Volume 4
Publisher: Ignatius Press, San Francisco, California
Section: Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Quote Page 92

[Begin excerpt]
Chrysostom, as above: For God made all living things for man; but man
for Himself. The more precious man is as a creature, the more will God
care for him. If then the birds shall find their food without toil,
shall man not find it, to whom God has given both the knowledge to
labour, and the expectation of making it fruitful?
[End excerpt]

Garson O'Toole

On Wed, Apr 22, 2020 at 2:44 AM Jamie Rae <jamiercline at gmail.com> wrote:
>   Hi! I am looking for a poem I read once. The speaker of the poem sees a
> bird(s) in a tree. The speaker wonders how the creature does not worry
> about being taken care of while the human narrator does. Narrator thinks
> along the line of: Does God care more about the birds than He does humans?
> I have asked about this particular poem before and not had any luck finding
> it! Desperate for answer. Open to any and all suggestions of author/title.
> Thought I read it in an anthology, the author was a woman and it was a
> modern poem, written after 1950. The Library of Congress suggested I send
> you an email.
> Dear Jamie,
> I'm afraid that I still haven't been able to find the poem for which you're
> looking. I'm not sure if you received the previous response I sent you so
> am copying it below. It suggest a few other resources you can submit your
> question to for assistance.
> ------------------------------
> The closest match I could find to the poem for which you are looking is
> Mrs. Henry [Charlotte E.] Linden's "The Bird Song," which includes the
> following stanza about God caring for birds, and even more for humans:
> When we think of the birds and the loving care
> That God gives them through the winter and spares them to sing,
> And much more attention he has given to man...
> You should be able to view the complete poem online through this Google
> Books Preview of *Collected Black Women's Poetry
> <https://books.google.com/books?id=_GJtvt-7X50C>* (v. 4), in which the poem
> appears:
> https://tinyurl.com/t5t4cuh
> If this is not the correct poem, then your main option in my opinion is to
> submit your query to a listserv known as Project Wombat (
> http://project-wombat.org/faq.shtml), which is designed to help librarians
> answer difficult reference questions. If you post your message to the
> listserv, perhs one of the librarians who monitors it will be able to help
> identify the correct poem. You can email  Project Wombat at:
> list at project-wombat.org
> There are also forums and listservs dedicated to helping people find books
> that also welcome requests from people looking at poems. The Library of
> Congress lists a number of these resources at
> https://guides.loc.gov/lost-titles-forgotten-rhymes/finding-novels#s-lg-box-wrapper-24404893.
> For example, LibraryThing's Name That Book feature accepts requests from
> people looking for poems - http://www.librarything.com/groups/namethatbook -
> and in fact I see you've already posted your question there
> <https://www.librarything.com/topic/317111>. You may want to consider
> posting your question to some of the others resources on the above page.
> I hope these suggestions help. If you recall any additional details about
> the poem, such as specific phrases that appear in it, or a possible word in
> the title, please let me know and I'll be happy to conduct another search
> for the poem.
> Sincerely,
> Researcher and Reference Services Division/pca
> The Library of Congress
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