(S 1)
There walled apart by its own innerness
In a mystical barrage of dynamic light
105 He saw a lone immense high-curved world-pile
Erect like a mountain-chariot of the Gods
Motionless under an inscrutable sky.
(S 2)
As if from Matter’s plinth and viewless base
To a top as viewless, a carved sea of worlds
110 Climbing with foam-maned waves to the Supreme
Ascended towards breadths immeasurable;
It hoped to soar into the Ineffable’s reign:
A hundred levels raised it to the Unknown.
(S 3)
So it towered up to heights intangible
115 And disappeared in the hushed conscious Vast
As climbs a storeyed temple-tower to heaven
Built by the aspiring soul of man to live
Near to his dream of the Invisible.
(S 4)
Infinity calls to it as it dreams and climbs;
120 Its spire touches the apex of the world;
Mounting into great voiceless stillnesses
It marries the earth to screened eternities.
(S 5)
Amid the many systems of the One EoS
Made by an interpreting creative joy
125 Alone it points us to our journey back
Out of our long self-loss in Nature’s deeps;
Planted on earth it holds in it all realms:
It is a brief compendium of the Vast.
(S 6)
This was the single stair to being’s goal.
(S 7)
130 A summary of the stages of the spirit, EoS
Its copy of the cosmic hierarchies
Refashioned in our secret air of self
A subtle pattern of the universe.
(S 8)
It is within, below, without, above.
(S 9)
135 Acting upon this visible Nature’s scheme EoS
It wakens our earth-matter’s heavy doze
To think and feel and to react to joy;
It models in us our diviner parts,
Lifts mortal mind into a greater air,
140 Makes yearn this life of flesh to intangible aims,
Links the body’s death with immortality’s call:
Out of the swoon of the Inconscience
It labours towards a superconscient Light.
(S 10)
If earth were all and this were not in her,
145 Thought could not be nor life-delight’s response:
Only material forms could then be her guests
Driven by an inanimate world-force.
(S 11)
Earth by this golden superfluity EoS
Bore thinking man and more than man shall bear;
150 This higher scheme of being is our cause
And holds the key to our ascending fate;
It calls out of our dense mortality
The conscious spirit nursed in Matter’s house.
(S 12)
The living symbol of these conscious planes,
155 Its influences and godheads of the unseen,
Its unthought logic of Reality’s acts
Arisen from the unspoken truth in things,
Have fixed our inner life’s slow-scaled degrees.
(S 13)
Its steps are paces of the soul’s return
160 From the deep adventure of material birth,
A ladder of delivering ascent
And rungs that Nature climbs to deity.
(S 14)
Once in the vigil of a deathless gaze
These grades had marked her giant downward plunge,
165 The wide and prone leap of a godhead’s fall.
(S 15)
Our life is a holocaust of the supreme
(S 16)
The great World-Mother by her sacrifice EoS
Has made her soul the body of our state;
Accepting sorrow and unconsciousness
170 Divinity’s lapse from its own splendours wove
The many-patterned ground of all we are.
(S 17)
An idol of self is our mortality.
(S 18)
Our earth is a fragment and a residue;
Her power is packed with the stuff of greater worlds
175 And steeped in their colour-lustres dimmed by her drowse;
An atavism of higher births is hers,
Her sleep is stirred by their buried memories
Recalling the lost spheres from which they fell.
(S 19)
Unsatisfied forces in her bosom move;
180 They are partners of her greater growing fate
And her return to immortality;
They consent to share her doom of birth and death;
They kindle partial gleams of the All and drive
Her blind laborious spirit to compose
185 A meagre image of the mighty Whole.
(S 20)
The calm and luminous Intimacy within
Approves her work and guides the unseeing Power.
(S 21)
His vast design accepts a puny start.
(S 22)
An attempt, a drawing half-done is the world’s life;
190 Its lines doubt their concealed significance,
Its curves join not their high intended close.
(S 23)
Yet some first image of greatness trembles there, EoS
And when the ambiguous crowded parts have met
The many-toned unity to which they moved,
195 The Artist’s joy shall laugh at reason’s rules;
The divine intention suddenly shall be seen,
The end vindicate intuition ’s sure technique.
(S 24)
A graph shall be of many meeting worlds,
A cube and union-crystal of the gods;
200 A Mind shall think behind Nature’s mindless mask,
A conscious Vast fill the old dumb brute Space.
(S 25)
This faint and fluid sketch of soul called man
Shall stand out on the background of long Time
A glowing epitome of eternity,
205 A little point reveal the infinitudes.
(S 26)
A Mystery’s process is the universe.
(S 27)
At first was laid a strange anomalous base,
A void, a cipher of some secret Whole,
Where zero held infinity in its sum
210 And All and Nothing were a single term,
An eternal negative, a matrix Nought:
Into its forms the Child is ever born
Who lives for ever in the vasts of God.
(S 28)
A slow reversal’s movement then took place: EoS  (MA)
215 A gas belched out from some invisible Fire,
Of its dense rings were formed these million stars;
Upon earth’s new-born soil God’s tread was heard.
(S 29)
Across the thick smoke of earth’s ignorance
A Mind began to see and look at forms
220 And groped for knowledge in the nescient Night:
Caught in a blind stone-grip Force worked its plan
And made in sleep this huge mechanical world,
That Matter might grow conscious of its soul
And like a busy midwife the life-power
225 Deliver the zero carrier of the All.
(S 30)
Because eternal eyes turned on earth’s gulfs
The lucent clarity of a pure regard
And saw a shadow of the Unknowable
Mirrored in the Inconscient’s boundless sleep,
230 Creation’s search for self began its stir.
(S 31)
A spirit dreamed in the crude cosmic whirl,
Mind flowed unknowing in the sap of life
And Matter’s breasts suckled the divine Idea.
(S 32)
A miracle of the Absolute was born; EoS
235 Infinity put on a finite soul,
All ocean lived within a wandering drop,
A time-made body housed the Illimitable.
(S 33)
To live this Mystery out our souls came here.