SABCL - Volume 5
I. Short Poems
Hell and Heaven
In the silence of the night-time,
In the grey and formless eve
When the thought is plagued with loveless
Memories that it cannot leave,
When the dawn makes sudden beauty
Of a peevish clouded sky,
And the rain is sobbing slowly
And the wind makes weird reply,
Always comes her face before me
And her voice is in my ear,
Beautiful and sad and cruel
With the azure eyes austere.
Cloudy figure once so luminous
With the light and life within
When the soul came rippling outwards
And the red lips laughed at sin,
Com’st thou with that marble visage
From what world instinct with pain
Where we pay the price of passion
By a law our hearts disdain?
Cast it from thee, O thou goddess!
Earning with a smile release
From these sad imaginations,
Rise into celestial peace.
Travel from the loveless places
That our mortal fears create,
Where thy natural heavens claim thee
And the gods, thy brothers, wait.
Then descend to me grown radiant,
Lighting up terrestrial ground
With the feet that brighten heaven
When the mighty dance goes round
And the high Gods beating measure
Tread the maze that keeps the stars
Circling in their luminous orbits
Through the eternal thoroughfares.
All below is but confusion
Of desires that strive and cry,
Some forbidden, some achieving
Anguish after ecstasy.
But above our radiant station
Is from which by doubt we fell,
Reaching only after Heaven
And achieving only Hell.
Let the heart be king and master,
Let the brain exult and toil,
Disbelieve in good and evil,
God with Nature reconcile.
Therefore, O rebellious sweetness,
Thou tookst arms for joy and love.
There achieve them! Take possession
Of our radiant seats above.
Later edition of this work: The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo.- Set in 37 volumes.- Volume 2.- Collected Poems.- Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 2009.- 751 p.