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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
  
326. Art, the Herald
By Alfred Noyes  (b. 1880)
  
‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness’


BEYOND; beyond; and yet again beyond!
What went ye out to seek, oh foolish-fond?
  Is not the heart of all things here and now?
Is not the circle infinite, and the centre
Everywhere, if ye would but hear and enter?        5
  Come; the porch bends and the great pillars bow
Come; come and see the secret of the sun;
The sorrow that holds the warring worlds in one;
  The pain that holds Eternity in an hour;
One God in every seed self-sacrificed,       10
One star-eyed, star-crowned universal Christ,
  Re-crucified in every wayside flower.

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