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C.M.

1
Near Eden’s land, in days gone by,
A lovely garden stood:
The trees were pleasant to the eye,
The fruit was good for food.

2
Two holy creatures spent their days
Within that garden fair;
In love they dwelt; they sang God’s praise,
And humbly knelt in prayer.

3
In that sweet land one tree was placed,
Their faithful love to try,
“That fruit,” God said, “you shall not taste;
Who eats shall surely die.”

4
O, why did Eve to Satan’s lies
So readily attend?
Upon the fruit why fix her eyes,
Then pluck it with her hand?

5
No more shall Eve nor Adam stray
Within that garden fair?
An angel stands to guard the way,
That none may enter there.

6
But there’s an Eden better far,
The Paradise of grace;
No flaming cherub hinders there
The souls who seek God’s face.