SABCL - Volume 5
VI. Poems in New Metres
In the silence of midnight1
In the silence of midnight2, in the light of dawn or noontide
I have heard the flutings of the Infinite, I have seen the sun-wings of the seraphs.
Something is felt of God’s vastness, floating3 touches of the Absolute;
Momentary and immeasurable smiled4 the sense nature free from its limits,–
A brief glimpse, a hint, it passes but the soul grows deeper, wider:
God has set his mark upon the creature.
In the golden feathers of the eagle, in the maned and tawny glory of the lion,
In the voiceless hierophants of Nature with their hieratic script of colour,
Orchid, tulip and narcissus, rose and nenuphar and lotus,
Something of eternal beauty seizes on the soul and nerves and heartstrings...
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: the midnight
2 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: the midnight
3 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: fleeting
4 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: smite
5 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: wing
6 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: and cry
7 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: treetops