SABCL - Volume 5
VI. Poems in New Metres
Oh1 ye Powers
Oh2 ye Powers of the Supreme and of the Mother, the Divine,
I have come to you initiate, a bearer of the sign.
For I carry the name in me that nothing can efface.
I have breathed in an illimitable spiritual Space
And my soul through the unfathomable stillnesses has heard
The god-voices of Knowledge and the marvels of the Word.
It has listened to the secret that was hidden in the night
Of the inconscient infinities foreshadowing3 His might.
He arose out of the caverns of the darknesses4 self-enwrapped
And the nebulae were churned up like to foam-froth and were shaped
Till the5 millions of universes mystical upbuoyed
Were outsprinkled as if stardust on the Dragon of the Void.
I was borne6 then in the infinitesimal and obscure
As a seed soul in the fire seeds of the energies that endure.
I have learned now to what purpose I have laboured7 as His spark
In the midnight of Matter8 like a glow-worm in the dark,
And my spirit was imprisoned in the muteness of a stone,
A soul thoughtless and left9 voiceless and impuissant 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 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: O
2 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: O
3 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: first when by
4 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: darkness
5 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: these
6 Tentative reading.
7 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: loitered
2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: earth Matter
9 Tentative reading.