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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
 
37. Mystery
 
 
WHY does this sudden passion smite me?
I stretch my hands, all blind to see:
I need the lamp of the world to light me,
    Lead me and set me free.
 
Something a moment seemed to stoop from        5
The night with cool, cool breath on my face:
Or did the hair of the twilight droop from
    Its silent wandering ways?
 
About me in the thick wood netted
The wizard glow looks human-wise;        10
And over the tree-tops barred and fretted
    Ponders with strange old eyes.
 
The tremulous lips of air blow by me
And hymn their time-old melody:
Its secret strain comes nigh and nigh me:        15
    “Ah, brother, come with me;
 
“For here the ancient mother lingers
To dip her hands in the diamond dew,
And lave thine ache with cloud-cool fingers
    Till sorrow die from you.”        20
 

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