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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
  
203. Communion
By John Bannister Tabb  (1845–1909)
  
ONCE when my heart was passion-free
  To learn of things divine,
The soul of nature suddenly
  Outpoured itself in mine.
 
I held the secrets of the deep,        5
  And of the heavens above;
I knew the harmonies of sleep,
  The mysteries of love.
 
And for a moment’s interval
  The earth, the sky, the sea—       10
My soul encompassed, each and all,
  As now they compass me.
 
To one in all, to all in one—
  Since Love the work began—
Life’s ever widening circles run,       15
  Revealing God and man.

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