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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
  
387. Quiet
By John Spencer Muirhead
  
THERE is a flame within me that has stood
  Unmoved, untroubled through a mist of years,
  Knowing nor love nor laughter, hope nor fears,
Nor foolish throb of ill, nor wine of good.
I feel no shadow of the winds that brood,        5
  I hear no whisper of a tide that veers,
  I weave no thought of passion, nor of tears,
Unfettered I of time, of habitude.
I know no birth, I know no death that chills;
  I fear no fate nor fashion, cause nor creed,       10
I shall outdream the slumber of the hills,
  I am the bud, the flower, I the seed:
  For I do know that in whate’er I see
  I am the part and it the soul of me.

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