SABCL - Volume 5
In the Battle
Often, in the slow1 ages’ long2 retreat
On Life’s thin3 ridge4 through Time’s enormous sea,
I have accepted death and borne defeat
To gain some vantage by my fall for Thee.5
For Thou hast given the Inconscient the dark right6
To oppose the shining passage of my soul
And levy at7 each step the tax of Night:
Doom, her august8 accountant, keeps the roll.
All around me now9 the Titan forces press;
This world10 is theirs, they hold its11 days in fee;
I am full of wounds and the fight merciless.
Is it not yet Thy hour of victory?
Even as Thou wilt! What still to Fate Thou owest,
O Ancient of the worlds, Thou knowest, Thou knowest.
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.
3 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: long
4 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: bridge
5 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: If by my fall some gain were clutched for Thee.
6 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: To this world’s inconscient Power Thou hast given the right
7 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: She levies on
8 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: unjust
9 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: Around my way
10 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: earth