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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
 
20. The Place of Rest
 
 
The soul is its own witness and its own refuge.
 
 
UNTO the deep the deep heart goes,
It lays its sadness nigh the breast:
Only the Mighty Mother knows
The wounds that quiver unconfessed.
 
It seeks a deeper silence still;        5
It folds itself around with peace,
Where thoughts alike of good or ill
In quietness unfostered cease.
 
It feels in the unwounding vast
For comfort for its hopes and fears:        10
The Mighty Mother bows at last;
She listens to her children’s tears.
 
Where the last anguish deepens—there
The fire of beauty smites through pain:
A glory moves amid despair,        15
The Mother takes her child again.
 

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