SABCL - Volume 5
VI. Poems in New Metres
The Bird of Fire
Skimming, a messenger sail, the sapphire-summer waste of a soundless wayless burning sea.
Flame and shimmer staining the rapture-white foam-vest of the waters of Eternity.
Bringst thou for travailing earth a spirit silent and free or His crimson passion of love divine,–
White-ray-jar of the spuming rose-red wine drawn from the vats brimming with light-blaze, the vats of ecstasy,
Pressed by the sudden and violent feet of the Dancer in Time from his sun-grape fruit of a deathless vine?
But golden above it the body of One in her diamond sphere with Her halo of star-bloom and passion-ray!
A ruby of flame-petalled love in the silver-gold altar-vase of moon-edged night and rising day.
O marvel bird with the burning wings of light and the unbarred lids that look beyond all space,
One strange leap of thy mystic stress breaking the barriers of mind and life, arrives at its luminous term thy flight;
Invading the secret clasp of the Silence and crimson Fire thou frontest eyes in a timeless Face.
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.