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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
From One Hundred Poems, Bk. I. 57

Kabir (1440–1518)
O FRIEND, 1 hope in Him while thou livest, know Him while thou livest,
  For in life is thy release.
If thy bonds be not broken while thou livest,
  What hope of deliverance in death?
It is but an empty dream that the soul must pass into union with Him,        5
  Because it hath passed from the body.
If He is found now, He is found then:
  If not, we go but to dwell in the city of Death.
If thou hast union now, thou shalt have it hereafter.
Bathe in the Truth: know the true Master:        10
  Have faith in the true Name.
Kabir saith: It is the spirit of the quest that helpeth.
  I am the slave of the spirit of the quest.
Note 1. Kabir. The Weaver Mystic of Northern India. From ‘One hundred poems of Kabir, translated by Rabindranth Tagore, assisted by Evelyn Underhill, &c.’. Macmillan. 1914. Bk. I. 57. I thank Messrs Macmillan for permission to use this book, with liberty to make the slight changes which for sake of diction or rhythm I wished to introduce. No change was made without reference to the original, of which there was fortunately a copy in private hands in Oxford: the text not being accessible in the British Museum or Bodleian Libraries. [See 19.] [back]

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