Verse > Anthologies > The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse > 225. From ‘Humanitad’
Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
225. From ‘Humanitad’
By Oscar Wilde  (1856–1900)
TO make the Body and the Spirit one
  With all right things, till no thing live in vain
From morn to noon, but in sweet unison
  With every pulse of flesh and throb of brain
The Soul in flawless essence high enthroned,        5
Against all outer vain attack invincibly bastioned,
Mark with serene impartiality
  The strife of things, and yet be comforted,
Knowing that by the chain causality
  All separate existences are wed       10
Into one supreme whole, whose utterance
Is joy, or holier praise! ah! surely this were governance
Of Life in most august omnipresence,
  Through which the rational intellect would find
In passion its expression, and mere sense,       15
  Ignoble else, lend fire to the mind,
And being joined with it in harmony
More mystical than that which binds the stars planetary,
Strike from their several tones one octave chord
  Whose cadence being measureless would fly       20
Through all the circling spheres, then to its Lord
  Return refreshed with its new empery
And more exultant power,—this indeed
Could we but reach it were to find the last, the perfect creed.
O smitten mouth! O forehead crowned with thorn!       25
  O chalice of all common miseries!
Thou for our sakes that loved thee not hast borne
  An agony of endless centuries,
And we were vain and ignorant nor knew
That when we stabbed thy heart it was our own real hearts we slew.       30
Being ourselves the sowers and the seeds,
  The night that covers and the lights that fade,
The spear that pierces and the side that bleeds,
  The lips betraying and the life betrayed;
The deep hath calm: the moon hath rest: but we       35
Lords of the natural world are yet our own dread enemy.
Is this the end of all that primal force
  Which, in its changes being still the same,
From eyeless Chaos cleft its upward course,
  Through ravenous seas and whirling rocks and flame,       40
Till the suns met in heaven and began
Their cycles, and the morning stars sang, and the Word was Man!
Nay, nay, we are but crucified, and though
  The bloody sweat falls from our brows like rain,
Loosen the nails—we shall come down I know,       45
  Stanch the red wounds—we shall be whole again,
No need have we of hyssop-laden rod,
That which is purely human, that is Godlike, that is God.



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