1858–1932

Oc­to­ber 4, 1858, Fins­bu­ry Cir­cus, Lon­don, Eng­land.

June 15, 1932, Not­ting Hill, Lon­don, Eng­land.

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Dorothy was the daugh­ter of Fred­er­ick Blom­field, rector at St. An­drew’s Un­der­shaft in Lond­on, and wife of Ger­ald Gur­ney, a some time ac­tor (mar­ried 1897).

Her husband was orig­in­al­ly an Ang­li­can priest, but they both joined the Ro­man Ca­tho­lic church in 1919. Do­ro­thy is per­haps best known for her po­em which is the source of the verse seen on ma­ny gar­den signs:

God’s Garden

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.

  1. O Perfect Love