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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
345. The New World
By Alfred Gurney
‘That new world which is the old.’—TENNYSON.

A NEW world did Columbus find?
  Ah! ’tis not so that world is found;
God’s golden harvest-sheaves who bind
  Are tillers of another ground.
No new world like the old we need;        5
  One thing suffices—one alone,
A garnered world-harvest from seed
  The wounded Hands of Christ have sown.
No earthly Paradise avails,
  No Eldorado in the West;       10
The Spirit’s Breath must fill their sails
  Who seek the Highlands of the Blest.
By stripes is healing wrought, and stars
  Point ever to a central Sun;
He flies the conquering flag, whose scars,       15
  Transfigured, speak of Victory won.
O Royal Heart, Thy Kingdom come!
  All else may change; all else may go:
Not eastward, westward, is our Home,
  But onward, upward:—even so!       20
One Sign alone is love-designed,
  God’s Evergreen, the Eternal Rood;
Happy the home-seekers who find
  Its meaning plain—a world renewed!



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