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Collected Poems

SABCL - Volume 5

II. Sonnets
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The Universal Incarnation

There is a wisdom like a brooding Sun,

A Bliss in the heart’s crypt grown fiery white,

The heart of a world in which all hearts are one,

A Silence on the mountains of delight,

A Calm that cradles Fate upon its knees;

A wide Compassion leans to embrace earth’s pain;

A Witness dwells within our secrecies,

The incarnate Godhead in the body of man.

Our mind is a glimmering curtain of that Ray,

Our strength a parody of the Immortal’s power,

Our joy a dreamer on the Eternal’s way

Hunting the fugitive1 beauty of an hour.

Only on the heart’s veiled door the word of flame

Is written, the secret and tremendous Name.

 

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.

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