Verse > Anthologies > The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse > 220. Inspirations
Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
220. Inspirations
By William James Dawson  (b. 1854)
SOMETIMES, I know not why, nor how, nor whence,
  A change comes over me, and then the task
  Of common life slips from me. Would you ask
What power is this which bids the world go hence?
  Who knows? I only feel a faint perfume        5
Steal through the rooms of life; a saddened sense
Of something lost; a music as of brooks
That babble to the sea; pathetic looks
  Of closing eyes that in a darkened room
  Once dwelt on mine: I feel the general doom       10
Creep nearer, and with God I stand alone.
  O mystic sense of sudden quickening!
Hope’s lark-song rings, or life’s deep undertone
  Wails through my heart—and then I needs must sing.



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