Verse > Anthologies > The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse > 99. All things are full of God
Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
99. All things are full of God
By John Stuart Blackie  (1809–1895)
ALL things are full of God. Thus spoke
  Wise Thales in the days
When subtle Greece to thought awoke
  And soared in lofty ways.
And now what wisdom have we more?        5
  No sage divining-rod
Hath taught than this a deeper lore,
The Light that gloweth in the sky
  And shimmers in the sea,       10
That quivers in the painted fly
  And gems the pictured lea,
The million hues of Heaven above
  And Earth below are one,
And every lightful eye doth love       15
  The primal light, the Sun.
Even so, all vital virtue flows
  From life’s first fountain, God;
And he who feels, and he who knows,
  Doth feel and know from God.       20
As fishes swim in briny sea,
  As fowl do float in air,
From Thy embrace we cannot flee;
  We breathe, and Thou art there.
Go, take thy glass, astronomer,       25
  And all the girth survey
Of sphere harmonious linked to sphere,
  In endless bright array.
All that far-reaching Science there
  Can measure with her rod,       30
All powers, all laws, are but the fair
  Embodied thoughts of God.



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