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Collected Poems

SABCL - Volume 5

II. Sonnets

The Greater Plan

I am held no more by life’s alluring cry,

Her joy and grief, her charm, her laughter’s lute.

Hushed are the magic moments of the flute,

And form and colour and brief ecstasy.

I would hear, in my spirit’s wideness solitary

The Voice that speaks when mortal lips are mute:

I seek the wonder of things absolute

Born from the silence of Eternity.

There is a need within the soul of man

The splendours of the surface never sate;

For life and mind and their glory and debate

Are the slow prelude of a vaster theme,

A sketch confused of a supernal plan,

A preface to the epic of the Supreme.


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.