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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
 
35. Symbolism
 
 
NOW when the spirit in us wakes and broods,
Filled with home yearnings, drowsily it flings
From its deep heart high dreams and mystic moods,
Mixed with the memory of the loved earth things:
Clothing the vast with a familiar face;        5
Reaching its right hand forth to greet the starry race.
 
Wondrously near and clear the great warm fires
Stare from the blue; so shows the cottage light
To the field labourer whose heart desires
The old folk by the nook, the welcome bright        10
From the house-wife long parted from at dawn—
So the star villages in God’s great depths withdrawn.
 
Nearer to Thee, not by delusion led,
Though there no house fires burn nor bright eyes gaze:
We rise, but by the symbol charioted,        15
Through loved things rising up to Love’s own ways:
By these the soul unto the vast has wings
And sets the seal celestial on all mortal things.
 

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