Verse > Anthologies > The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse > 90. From ‘Ghazeles’
Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
90. From ‘Ghazeles’
By Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton  (1809–1885)
ALL things once are things for ever;
  Soul, once living, lives for ever;
Blame not what is only once,
When that once endures for ever;
Love, once felt, though soon forgot,        5
Moulds the heart to good for ever;
Once betrayed from childly faith,
Man is conscious man for ever;
Once the void of life revealed,
It must deepen on for ever,       10
Unless God fill up the heart
With Himself for once and ever:
Once made God and man at once,
God and man are one for ever.



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