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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
  
278. The Turning Dervish
By Arthur Symons  (b. 1865)
  
STARS in the heavens turn,
I worship like a star,
And in its footsteps learn
Where peace and wisdom are.
 
Man crawls as a worm crawls;        5
Till dust with dust he lies,
A crooked line he scrawls
Between the earth and skies.
 
Yet God, having ordained
The course of star and sun,       10
No creature hath constrained
A meaner course to run.
 
I, by his lesson taught,
Imaging his design,
Have diligently wrought       15
Motion to be divine.
 
I turn until my sense,
Dizzied with waves of air,
Spins to a point intense,
And spires and centres there.       20
 
There, motionless in speed,
I drink that flaming peace,
Which in the heavens doth feed
The stars with bright increase.
 
Some spirit in me doth move       25
Through ways of light untrod,
Till, with excessive love,
I drown, and am in God.

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