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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
  
318. Introversion
By Evelyn Underhill (Mrs. Stuart Moore)  (b. 1875)
  
WHAT do you seek within, O Soul, my Brother?
  What do you seek within?
I seek a Life that shall never die,
    Some haven to win
    From mortality.        5
 
What do you find within, O Soul, my Brother?
  What do you find within?
I find great quiet where no noises come.
    Without, the world’s din:
    Silence in my home.       10
 
Whom do you find within, O Soul, my Brother?
  Whom do you find within?
I find a friend that in secret came:
    His scarred hands within
    He shields a faint flame.       15
 
What would you do within, O Soul, my Brother?
  What would you do within?
Bar door and window that none may see:
  That alone we may be
    (Alone! face to face,       20
    In that flame-lit place!)
    When first we begin
  To speak one with another.

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