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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
  
383. ‘Vision of Him’
By Amy K. Clarke
  
THROUGH the Uncreated,
  Uncleft, Untrod,
Breathed for a moment
  Sorrow of God.
 
And lo! it fell starlike—        5
  Trembling to cease
In His Infinite gladness
  Infinite peace.
 
Out of that tremor
  Time was made,       10
Worlds crept into being
  Young and afraid.
 
Slowly, by beauty,
  His creatures grew wise,
Slow dawned its wonder       15
  On opening eyes.
 
Men watched adoring
  His waters roll,
Deep flowed His colours
  Through sense and soul.       20
 
Moan of creation—
  Rapture that stirs—
Blindly they learned it,
  Years upon years.
 
Till clearly one spirit       25
  Cried on His Name
From all her lovely
  And earthly frame.
 
Light could not veil it,
  Nor darkness dim,       30
Flesh but receive it—
  Vision of Him.
 
Deep sunk His answer,
  The Word that sufficed—
Out of her Body       35
  Cometh His Christ.

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