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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
  
361. Vision
By James H. Cousins
  
WHEN I from life’s unrest had earned the grace
Of utter ease beside a quiet stream;
When all that was had mingled in a dream
To eyes awakened out of time and place;
Then in the cup of one great moment’s space        5
Was crushed the living wine from things that seem;
I drank the joy of very Beauty’s gleam,
And saw God’s glory face to shining face.
 
Almost my brow was chastened to the ground,
But for an inner Voice that said: ‘Arise!       10
Wisdom is wisdom only to the wise:
Thou art thyself the Royal thou hast crowned:
In Beauty thine own beauty thou hast found,
And thou hast looked on God with God’s own eyes.’

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