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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
  
252. The Morality of the Lost Word
By Arthur Edward Waite  (b. 1860)
  
WITH a measure of light and a measure of shade,
The world of old by the Word was made;
By the shade and light was the Word conceal’d,
And the Word in flesh to the world reveal’d
Is by outward sense and its forms obscured;        5
The spirit within is the long lost Word,
Besought by the world of the soul in pain
Through a world of words which are void and vain.
O never while shadow and light are blended
Shall the world’s Word-Quest or its woe be ended,       10
And never the world of its wounds made whole
Till the Word made flesh be the Word made soul!

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