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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
  
350. Apparition
By Eugene Mason  (b. 1862)
  
HOW shall I find Him, who can be my guide?
  Wears He a human form, a tear-marred face,
By blood-red raiment may He be descried,
  Or broods He far withdrawn through stellar space?
Perchance, informing all, His coils entwine        5
  And bind the monstrous fabric cell to cell,
Or, veiled in service, ’neath this Bread and Wine
  A homely God, He deigns with men to dwell.
Lo! just beyond the skyline He may stand,
  Speak just without the waftage of mine ear,       10
I all but touch Him with my outstretched hand,
  Clear to my senses He may straight appear.
 
I hush my drumming heart, I stay my breath
To catch His step, to hearken what He saith.

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