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Collected Poems

SABCL - Volume 5

VI. Poems in New Metres


All my cells thrill swept by a surge of splendour,

Soul and body stir with a mighty rapture,

Light and still more light like an ocean billows

Over me, round me.

Rigid, stone-like, fixed like a hill or statue,

Vast my body feels and upbears the world’s weight;

Dire the large descent of the Godhead enters

Limbs that are mortal.

Voiceless, thronged, Infinity crowds upon me;

Presses down a glory of power eternal;

Mind and heart grow one with the cosmic wideness;

Stilled are earth’s murmurs.

Swiftly, swiftly crossing the golden spaces

Knowledge leaps, a torrent of rapid lightnings;

Thoughts that left the Ineffable’s flaming mansions,

Blaze in my spirit.

Slow the heart-beats’ rhythm like a giant hammer’s;

Missioned voices drive to me from God’s doorway

Words that live not save upon Nature’s summits,

Ecstasy’s chariots.

All the world is changed to a single oneness;

Souls undying, infinite forces, meeting,

Join in God-dance weaving a seamless Nature,

Rhythm of the Deathless.

Mind and heart and body, one harp of being,

Cry that anthem, finding the notes eternal,–

Light and might and bliss and immortal wisdom

Clasping for ever.


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 Sapphics. But the second-foot spondee is very usually replaced by a trochee, the final trochee sometimes by a spondee; a bacchius, cretic or molossus can replace the dactyl. In the fifteenth line elision is used; in a Sapphic line there can be only one dactyl.