Verse > Anthologies > The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse > 372. The Mystic Rose
Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
372. The Mystic Rose
By Elsa Barker
I’ WOMAN, am that wonder-breathing rose
  That blossoms in the garden of the King.
  In all the world there is no lovelier thing,
And the learned stars no secret can disclose
Deeper than mine—that almost no one knows.        5
  The perfume of my petals in the spring
  Is inspiration to all bards that sing
Of love, the spirit’s lyric unrepose.
Under my veil is hid the mystery
  Of unaccomplished aeons, and my breath       10
  The Master-Lover’s life replenisheth.
The mortal garment that is worn by me
The loom of Time renews continually;
  And when I die—the universe knows death.



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