(S 1)
A COVERT answer to his seeking came.
(S 2)
In a far shimmering background of Mind-Space
A glowing mouth was seen, a luminous shaft;
A recluse gate it seemed, musing on joy,
5 A veiled retreat and escape to mystery.
(S 3)
Away from the unsatisfied surface world
It fled into the bosom of the unknown,
A well, a tunnel of the depths of God.
(S 4)
It plunged as if a mystic groove of hope
10 Through many layers of formless voiceless self
To reach the last profound of the world’s heart,
And from that heart there surged a wordless call
Pleading with some still impenetrable Mind,
Voicing some passionate unseen desire.
(S 5)
15 As if a beckoning finger of secrecy
Outstretched into a crystal mood of air,
As if a message from the world’s deep soul,
An intimation of a lurking joy
20 That flowed out from a cup of brooding bliss,
There shimmered stealing out into the Mind
A mute and quivering ecstasy of light,
A passion and delicacy of roseate fire.
(S 6)
As one drawn to his lost spiritual home
25 Feels now the closeness of a waiting love,
Into a passage dim and tremulous
That clasped him in from day and night’s pursuit,
He travelled led by a mysterious sound.
(S 7)
A murmur multitudinous and lone,
30 All sounds it was in turn, yet still the same.
(S 8)
In the summoning voice of one long-known, well-loved,
But nameless to the unremembering mind,
It led to rapture back the truant heart.
(S 9)
35 The immortal cry ravished the captive ear.
(S 10)
Then, lowering its imperious mystery,
It sank to a whisper circling round the soul.
(S 11)
It seemed the yearning of a lonely flute
That roamed along the shores of memory
40 And filled the eyes with tears of longing joy.
(S 12)
A cricket’s rash and fiery single note,
It marked with shrill melody night’s moonless hush
And beat upon a nerve of mystic sleep
Its high insistent magical reveille.
(S 13)
45 A jingling silver laugh of anklet bells
Travelled the roads of a solitary heart;
Its dance solaced an eternal loneliness:
An old forgotten sweetness sobbing came.
(S 14)
Or from a far harmonious distance heard
50 The tinkling pace of a long caravan
It seemed at times, or a vast forest’s hymn,
The solemn reminder of a temple gong,
A bee-croon honey-drunk in summer isles
Ardent with ecstasy in a slumbrous noon,
55 Or the far anthem of a pilgrim sea.
(S 15)
An incense floated in the quivering air,
A mystic happiness trembled in the breast
As if the invisible Beloved had come
Assuming the sudden loveliness of a face
60 And close glad hands could seize his fugitive feet
And the world change with the beauty of a smile.
(S 16)
Into a wonderful bodiless realm he came,
The home of a passion without name or voice,
A depth he felt answering to every height,
65 A nook was found that could embrace all worlds,
A point that was the conscious knot of Space,
An hour eternal in the heart of Time.
(S 17)
The silent Soul of all the world was there:
A Being lived, a Presence and a Power,
70 A single Person who was himself and all
And cherished Nature’s sweet and dangerous throbs
Transfigured into beats divine and pure.
(S 18)
One who could love without return for love,
Meeting and turning to the best the worst,
75 It healed the bitter cruelties of earth,
Transforming all experience to delight;
Intervening in the sorrowful paths of birth
It rocked the cradle of the cosmic Child
And stilled all weeping with its hand of joy;
80 It led things evil towards their secret good,
It turned racked falsehood into happy truth;
Its power was to reveal divinity.
(S 19)
Infinite, coeval with the mind of God,
It bore within itself a seed, a flame,
85 A seed from which the Eternal is new-born,
A flame that cancels death in mortal things.
(S 20)
All grew to all kindred and self and near;
The intimacy of God was everywhere,
No veil was felt, no brute barrier inert,
90 Distance could not divide, Time could not change.
(S 21)
A fire of passion burned in spirit-depths,
A constant touch of sweetness linked all hearts,
The throb of one adoration’s single bliss
In a rapt ether of undying love.
(S 22)
95 An inner happiness abode in all,
A sense of universal harmonies,
A measureless secure eternity
Of truth and beauty and good and joy made one.
(S 23)
Here was the welling core of finite life;
100 A formless spirit became the soul of form.