SABCL - Volume 5
VI. Poems in New Metres
Floating up, floating up from the haunted verge of a foam-tremulous sea,
Mystic-horned here crossing the grey-hued listless nights and days,
Spirit-silver craft from the ports of eternity.
Dumbly1 blithe, shuddering, the air is filled from thy cup of pale mysterious wine:
Gleam quivers to longing gleam; and the faery torches lit for Night’s mysteries, set2 in her niches stark and deep;
The inconscient gulfs stir and are vaguely thrilled, while their unheard voices cry to the Wonder-light new-seen
Till descending its ray shall unlock with a wizard rod of fire the dumb recesses of sleep.
Glorifying the clouds with thy halo, but our hearts with a rose-red rapture shed from the secret breasts of love;
Almost thou seemest the very bliss that floats in opaline air over heaven’s golden roads,
Embodied here to capture our human lives like a nectar face of light in the doubtful blue above.
Ever thou runst and thou floatest as a magic drifting bowl
Flung by the hand of a drunken god in the river of Time goes tossing by,
O icon and chalice of spiritual light whose spots are like Nature’s shadow stains on a white and immaculate soul.
A voyager carrying through the myriad-isled archipelago of the spear-pointed questioning stars
The circle of the occult argent Yes of the Invisible to the dim query of the yearning witness lights
That burn in the dense vault of Matter’s waking mind – innumerable, solitary and sparse.
Moon-crystal of silver or gold of some spirit joy spun by Time in his dense aeonic groove,
A messenger and bearer of an unembodied beauty and unseized bliss advancing over our life’s wan sea – significant, bright and alone.
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 In the edition oa 2009 year these four lines are placed after next four lines
2 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: mysteries are set
3 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: haunted
4 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: at my lonely call
5 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: O soundless
6 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: silver