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I walked in the woodland meadows,
Where sweet the thrushes sing,
And found on a bed of mosses,
A bird with a broken wing;
I healed its wing, and each morning
It sang its old sweet strain,
But the bird with the broken pinion,
Never soared as high again.
I found a young life broken
By sin’s seductive art,
And, touched with a Christlike pity,
I took him to my heart;
He lived with a nobler purpose,
And struggled not in vain,
But the life that sin had stricken,
Never soared as high again.
But the bird with the broken pinion
Kept another from the snare,
The life that sin had stricken,
Raised another from despair;
Each loss has its own compensation,
There’s healing for each pain,
But the bird with the broken pinion
Never soared as high again.
    —    Written by:   Hezekiah Butterworth
[I first read this poem as a teen.  At the time, it only struck me that the bird was a symbol of lost hope, never to be regained.
But the bird with the broken pinion
Never soared as high again.
On reflection though, it seems the bird is a symbol of God’s acting in “mysterious” ways to save both the bird and the man.
Imagine the first verse is the man’s view of finding the bird, then the second, the bird’s view of finding the man.  Finally, the third verse is a third party explanation of the preceding verses relating the bird is saved from death and the man from a life of “despair”.  Both have sacrificed, and both are scarred by the sacrifice, but the bird’s “truer” physical sacrifice remains for life.
I’m sure there are a million interpretations of this poem, but this is mine for now…  Only the two lines cited above were in my journal.  The rest of the poem was rediscovered (by me) when I researched the lines for this post.   —   KMAB]
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