Verse > Anthologies > The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse > 306. Bodily Extension
Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
306. Bodily Extension
By John Charles Earle
THE BODY is not bounded by its skin;
  Its effluence, like a gentle cloud of scent,
Is wide into the air diffused, and, blent
With elements unseen, its way doth win
To ether frontiers, where take origin        5
  Far subtler systems, nobler regions meant
  To be the area and the instrument
Of operations ever to begin
Anew and never end. Thus every man
  Wears as his robe the garment of the sky—       10
So close his union with the cosmic plan,
  So perfectly he pierces low and high—
Reaching as far in space as creature can,
  And co-extending with immensity.



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