Verse > Anthologies > The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse > 297. I am the World
Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
297. I am the World
By Dora Sigerson Shorter  (b. 1866)
I AM the song, that rests upon the cloud;
  I am the sun;
I am the dawn, the day, the hiding shroud,
  When dusk is done.
I am the changing colours of the tree;        5
  The flower uncurled;
I am the melancholy of the sea;
  I am the world.
The other souls that, passing in their place,
  Each in his groove;       10
Outstretching hands that chain me and embrace,
  Speak and reprove.
‘O atom of that law, by which the earth
  Is poised and whirled;
Behold! you hurrying with the crowd assert       15
  You are the world.’
Am I not one with all the things that be
  Warm in the sun?
All that my ears can hear, or eyes can see,
  Till all be done.       20
Of song and shine, of changing leaf apart,
  Of bud uncurled:
With all the senses pulsing at my heart,
  I am the world.
One day the song that drifts upon the wind       25
  I shall not hear:
Nor shall the rosy shoots to eyes grown blind
  Again appear.
Deaf, in the dark, I shall arise and throw
  From off my soul       30
The withered world with all its joy and woe,
  That was my goal.
I shall arise, and like a shooting star
  Slip from my place;
So lingering see the old world from afar       35
  Revolve in space.
And know more things than all the wise may know
  Till all be done;
Till One shall come who, breathing on the stars,
  Blows out the sun.       40



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