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Collected Poems

SABCL - Volume 5

VI. Poems in New Metres

In a mounting as of sea-tides


In a mounting as of sea-tides, in a rippling as of invisible waters,

On a cry in me my soul is uplifted, in a passion of my nature

My heart climbs up towards thee, O unimaginable Wonder and Resplendence,

In its1 striving for the caress of thy Light and for the embrace of thy Presence.

If once given were but a touch of thy feet on the thrilled bosom of my longing,

But a glance of thy eyes mingling with mine in the recesses and the silence,

Such a rapture would envelop me, such a fire of transfiguring effulgence,

I could never again be as a man upon this earth, but one immortal.

For my mind would be dissolved in a sun-glory of God-vision and of knowledge,

And my heart would be made suddenly more pure and determined2 and self-tranquil,

And my nerves and my body would transmute into an ethereal divineness,

A fit vesture for the godhead thou buildest3 in me, for the immortal thy adorer.

O thou Life of my life and the unseen heart of its ecstasy and its beating,

O Face that was disclosed in the beginning of the worlds and4 the immenseness,

Let thy Flame-wisdom leap down upon the coilings of our python inconscience,

Let the Love-wine be poured out in Thy chalice, let me be drunk with it for ever.

I shall meet thee in the ocean of thy stillness, in the ether of thy splendour,

Thy Force shall be in my veins like the ichor in the Unaging who are deathless;

My soul shall be as one breath with thy soul and thy infinity around thee,

And shall quiver into5 the vision of thy beauty and the marvel of thy sweetness.


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.

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2 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: illumined


3 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: buildst


4 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: amid


5 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: with