(S 1)
735 Above in a high breathless stratosphere,
Overshadowing the dwarfish trinity,
Lived, aspirants to a limitless Beyond,
Captives of Space, walled by the limiting heavens,
In the unceasing circuit of the hours
740 Yearning for the straight paths of eternity,
And from their high station looked down on this world
Two sun-gaze Daemons witnessing all that is.
(S 2)
A power to uplift the laggard world,
Imperious rode a huge high-winged Life-Thought
745 Unwont to tread the firm unchanging soil:
Accustomed to a blue infinity,
It planed in sunlit sky and starlit air;
It saw afar the unreached Immortal’s home
And heard afar the voices of the Gods.
(S 3)
750 Iconoclast and shatterer of Time’s forts,
Overleaping limit and exceeding norm,
It lit the thoughts that glow through the centuries
And moved to acts of superhuman force.
(S 4)
As far as its self-winged air-planes could fly,
755 Visiting the future in great brilliant raids
It reconnoitred vistas of dream-fate.
(S 5)
Apt to conceive, unable to attain,
It drew its concept-maps and vision-plans
Too large for the architecture of mortal Space.
(S 6)
760 Beyond in wideness where no footing is,
An imagist of bodiless Ideas,
Impassive to the cry of life and sense,
A pure Thought-Mind surveyed the cosmic act.
(S 7)
Archangel of a white transcending realm,
765 It saw the world from solitary heights
Luminous in a remote and empty air.