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Collected Poems

SABCL - Volume 5

II. Sonnets
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The Conscious Inconscient1

Because2 Thou hadst all eternity to amuse,

O dramatist of death and life and birth3,

O sculptor of the living shapes of earth,

World-artist revelling in forms and hues,

A mathematician Mind that never errs,4

Thou hast played with theorems, numbers, measures, cubes,

Passed cells, electrons, molecules through Thy tubes,

World-forces for Thy Science’s ministers,

And made a universe of5 Thy theories,

Craftsman minute, an6 architect of might7.

Protean is Thy Spirit of Delight,

An adept8 of a thousand mysteries.

Or built9 some deep Necessity, not Thy whim,

Fate and Inconscience and the snare10 of Time?

 

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.

1 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: Creation

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2 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: Since

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3 In 2009 ed. this line is placed after the next one

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4 In 2009 ed. this and next three lines run:

Hast Thou shaped the marvel of the whirling spheres,

A scientist passing Nature through his tubes,

And played with numbers, measures, theorems, cubes,

O mathematician Mind that never errs,

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5 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: Building a universe from

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6 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: and

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7 'In 2009 ed. this line is placed after the next one

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8 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: World-adept

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9 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: forged

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10 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: net

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