Verse > Anthologies > The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse > 112. The Order of Pure Intuition
Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
112. The Order of Pure Intuition
By Edward Caswall  (1814–1878)
HAIL, sacred Order of eternal Truth!
  That deep within the soul,
In axiomatic majesty sublime,
  One undivided whole,—
Up from the underdepth unsearchable        5
  Of primal Being springs,
An inner world of thought, co-ordinate
  With that of outward things!
Hail, Intuition pure! whose essences
  The central core supply       10
Of conscience, language, science, certitude,
  Art, beauty, harmony!
Great God! I thank Thy majesty supreme,
  Whose all-creative grace
Not in the sentient faculties alone       15
  Has laid my reason’s base;
Not in abstractions thin by slow degrees
  From grosser forms refin’d;
Not in tradition, nor the broad consent
  Of conscious humankind;—       20
But in th’ essential Presence of Thyself,
  Within the soul’s abyss;
Thyself, alike of her intelligence
  The fount, as of her bliss;
Thyself, by nurture, meditation, grace,       25
  Reflexively reveal’d;
Yet ever acting on the springs of thought,
  E’en when from thought conceal’d!



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