Verse > Anthologies > The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse > 324. God
Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
324. God
By Harold Monro  (b. 1879)
ONCE, long before the birth of time, a storm
Of white desire, by its own ardour hurled,
Flashed out of infinite Desire, took form,
Strove, won, survived: and God became the world.
Next, some internal force began to move        5
Within the bosom of that latest earth:
The spirit of an elemental love
Stirred outward from itself, and God was birth.
Then outward, upward, with heroic thew,
Savage from young and bursting blood of life,       10
Desire took form, and conquered, and anew
Strove, conquered, and took form: and God was strife
Thus, like a comet, fiery flight on flight;
Flash upon flash, and purple morn on morn:
But always out of agony—delight;       15
And out of death—God evermore reborn,
Till, waxing fair and subtle and supreme,
Desiring his own spirit to possess,
Man of the bright eyes and the ardent dream
Saw paradise, and God was consciousness.       20
He is that one Desire, that life, that breath,
That Soul which, with infinity of pain,
Passes through revelation and through death
Onward and upward to itself again.
Out of the lives of heroes and their deeds,       25
Out of the miracle of human thought,
Out of the songs of singers, God proceeds;
And of the soul of them his Soul is wrought.
Nothing is lost: all that is dreamed or done
Passes unaltered the eternal way,       30
Immerging in the everlasting One,
Who was the dayspring and who is the day.



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