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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
88. The Goddess’s Song from ‘Al Aaraaf’
By Edgar Allan Poe  (1809–1849)
SPIRIT! that dwellest where,
  In the deep sky,
The terrible and fair,
  In beauty vie!
Beyond the line of blue—        5
  The boundary of the star
Which turneth at the view
  Of thy barrier and thy bar—
Of the barrier overgone
  By the comets who were cast       10
From their pride and from their throne
  To be drudges till the last—
To be carriers of fire
  (The red fire of their heart)
With speed that may not tire       15
  And with pain that shall not part—
Who livest—that we know—
  In Eternity—we feel—
But the shadow of whose brow
  What spirit shall reveal?       20
Though the beings whom thy Nesace,
  Thy messenger hath known,
Have dreamed for thy Infinity
  A model of their own—
Thy will is done, O God!       25
  The star hath ridden high
Through many a tempest, but she rode
  Beneath thy burning eye;
And here, in thought, to thee—
  In thought that can alone       30
Ascend thy empire, and so be
  A partner of thy throne—
By wingèd Fantasy,
  My embassy is given,
Till secrecy shall knowledge be       35
  In the environs of Heaven.



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