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Collected Poems

SABCL - Volume 5

II. Sonnets
Undated

The Dumb Inconscient1

The2 dumb Inconscient drew life’s stumbling maze;

A night of all things, packed and infinite,

It made our consciousness a torch that plays

Between the abyss3 and a supernal Light;

It framed our mind4 a lens of segment sight,

Piecing out inch by inch the world’s huge mass,

And reason a small hard theodolite

Measuring unreally the measureless ways.

Yet is the dark Inconscient whence come5 all,

The self-same Power that shines on high unwon;

Our night shall be a sky purpureal,

The6 torch transmute to a vast godhead’s sun.

Man is a narrow bridge, a call that grows,7

His soul the dim bud of God’s flaming rose.

 

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: Man the Mediator

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2 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: A

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3 its night

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4 Alternative: It made our mind
In 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2:

Our mind was framed

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5 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: came

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6 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: Our

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7 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: Rooted in mire heavenward manís nature grows,Ė

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