Verse > Anthologies > The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse > 240. From ‘The Mistress of Vision’
Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
240. From ‘The Mistress of Vision’
By Francis Thompson  (1859–1907)
WHERE is the land of Luthany,
  Where is the tract of Elenore?
I am bound therefor.
    ‘Pierce thy heart to find the key;
  With thee take        5
  Only what none else would keep;
  Learn to dream when thou dost wake,
  Learn to wake when thou dost sleep.
  Learn to water joy with tears,
  Learn from fears to vanquish fears;       10
  To hope, for thou dar’st not despair,
  Exult, for that thou dar’st not grieve;
  Plough thou the rock until it bear;
  Know, for thou else couldst not believe;
  Lose, that the lost thou may’st receive;       15
  Die, for none other way canst live.
  When earth and heaven lay down their veil,
  And that apocalypse turns thee pale;
  When thy seeing blindeth thee
  To what thy fellow-mortals see;       20
  When their sight to thee is sightless;
  Their living, death; their light, most lightless;
  Search no more—
Pass the gates of Luthany, tread the region Elenore.’
  Where is the land of Luthany,       25
  And where the region Elenore?
  I do faint therefor.
    ‘When to the new eyes of thee
  All things by immortal power,
  Near or far,       30
  To each other linkèd are,
  That thou canst not stir a flower
  Without troubling of a star;
  When thy song is shield and mirror       35
  To the fair snake-curlèd Pain,
  Where thou dar’st affront her terror
  That on her thou may’st attain
  Perséan conquest; seek no more,
  O seek no more!       40
Pass the gates of Luthany, tread the region Elenore.’



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