Verse > Anthologies > The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse > 138. Lost and Found
Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
138. Lost and Found
By George Mac Donald  (1824–1905)
I MISSED him when the sun began to bend;
I found him not when I had lost his rim;
With many tears I went in search of him,
Climbing high mountains which did still ascend,
And gave me echoes when I called my friend;        5
Through cities vast and charnel-houses grim,
And high cathedrals where the light was dim,
Through books and arts and works without an end,
But found him not—the friend whom I had lost.
And yet I found him—as I found the lark,       10
A sound in fields I heard but could not mark;
I found him nearest when I missed him most;
I found him in my heart, a life in frost,
A light I knew not till my soul was dark.



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