This is "Vestigia" written by Canadian Poet Bliss Carman ( 1861-1929)
winner of the Robert Frost Medal. This poem was written in 1919, after a rejuvenating walk in nature . He sought God in the world around him, and was rewarded for his search. This poem is printed in my favourite book, the 1948 Chicago "1000 Beautiful Things" ( Best rummage sale find ever)
I took a day to search for God, and found Him not.
But as I trod by rocky ledge, through woods untamed,
I saw His footprint in the sod.
Then suddenly, all unaware, far off in the deep shadows, where a solitary hermit thrush sang through the holy twilight hush......
I heard His voice upon the air.
And even as I marvelled how God gives us Heaven here and now,
In a stir of wind that hardly shook the poplar leaves beside the brook....
His Hand was light upon my brow.
At last with evening as I turned Homeward, and thought what I had learned
And all that there was still to probe...
Back to the world with quickening start I looked and longed for any part
In making saving Beauty be.
And from that kindling ecstasy..
I knew God dwelt within my Heart.
Photographs 2017 "Vestigia" by Bliss Carman (1861-1929) from "1000 Beautiful Things" 1948