Meet a poet, short story writer, playwright, mother, and teacher

Jane Tyson Clement

Jane Tyson Clement 1917–2000

A poet, short story writer, playwright, teacher, and mother of seven, Jane’s search for a genuine and uncompromised faith eventually brought her and her husband, Bob, to the Bruderhof. (The book The Heart’s Necessities tells her story more fully.) This poem, written in 1938 when she was a college student at Smith, expresses the philosophy that stayed constant throughout her life.



You who have watched the wings of darkness lifting
and heard the misted whisper of the sea,
shelter your heart with patience now, with patience,
and keep it free.

Let not the voiced destruction and the tumult
urge to a lesser prize your turning mind;
keep faith with beauty now, and in the ending
stars you may find.

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