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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
  
137. De Profundis
By George Mac Donald  (1824–1905)
  
WHEN I am dead unto myself, and let,
  O Father, Thee live on in me,
Contented to do naught but pay my debt,
  And leave the house to Thee,
 
Then shall I be Thy ransomed—from the cark        5
  Of living, from the strain for breath,
From tossing in my coffin strait and dark,
  At hourly strife with death!
 
Have mercy! in my coffin! and awake!
  A buried temple of the Lord!       10
Grow, Temple, grow! Heart, from thy cerements break!
  Stream out, O living Sword!
 
When I am with Thee as thou art with me,
  Life will be self-forgetting power;
Love, ever conscious, buoyant, clear, and free,       15
  Will flame in darkest hour.
 
Where now I sit alone, unmoving, calm,
  With windows open to Thy wind,
Shall I not know Thee in the radiant psalm
  Soaring from heart and mind?       20
 
The body of this death will melt away,
  And I shall know as I am known;
Know Thee my Father, every hour and day,
  As Thou know’st me Thine Own!

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