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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
  
199. So Thin a Veil
By Edward Carpenter  (b. 1844)
  
SO thin a veil divides
  Us from such joy, past words,
Walking in daily life—the business of the hour, each detail seen to;
Yet carried, rapt away, on what sweet floods of other Being:
Swift streams of music flowing, light far back through all Creation shining,        5
Loved faces looking—
Ah! from the true, the mortal self
So thin a veil divides!

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