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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
By Charles A. Lazenby
STRIVING, I sought Myself to find
  Through fluent Time’s extended sweep;
I watched the births of Gods and Men,
  The Sowing that we reap.
I saw the first gigantic Form        5
  Come forth the blackened Void;
I heard the Roar of the Falling Years
  And lived in the great Sauroid.
Far-pinnacled on heights of Flame,
  I watched the Suns take fire—        10
I was the music in the Hand
  That played the Cosmic Lyre.
I moved in the Flux of the flowing Years
  Through Rock, and Plant, and Beast.
I entered into the Son of Man,        15
  For I saw His Star in the East.
I sped in worship to His shrine,
  That Manger, cradled low;
With Him I suffered on the Cross,
  And was in Him the Woe.        20
I rise triumphant from the Dead,
  On every Easter Morn;
In Ecstasies Nirvana reach,
  And with the Gods am born.
Jehovah on His silver Throne,        25
  Ishvara’s boundless Form;
The Silent Braman in the Heart
  I name, and clothe, and warm.
I am the Word that was with God,
  Before the Birth of Time;        30
I am the Portal and the Path,
  The Lowly and Sublime.
I am the end of Finite Things,
  The Infinite in Scope;
Before the Gods that were, I am,        35
  I am the prisoned Hope.
By Me alone you reach to God,
  You serve not Me and Pelf;
All Happiness abides in Me
  For lo! I am Yourself.        40

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