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The Godhead

            I sat behind the dance of Danger’s hooves
               In the shouting street that seemed a futurist’s whim,
            And suddenly felt, exceeding Nature’s grooves,
               In me, enveloping me the body of Him.
            Above my head a mighty head was seen,
               A face with the calm of immortality
            And an omnipotent gaze that held the scene
               In the vast circle of its sovereignty.

            His hair was mingled with the sun and breeze;
               The world was in His heart and He was I:
            I housed in me the Everlasting’s peace,
               The strength of One whose substance cannot die.
            The moment passed and all was as before;
            Only that deathless memory I bore.                                           CWSA 2: 607

                           The Stone Goddess

            In a town of gods, housed in a little shrine,
               From sculptured limbs the Godhead looked at me,—
            A living Presence deathless and divine,
               A Form that harboured all infinity.

            The great World-Mother and her mighty will
               Inhabited the earth’s abysmal sleep,
            Voiceless, omnipotent, inscrutable,
               Mute in the desert and the sky and deep.
            Now veiled with mind she dwells and speaks no word,
               Voiceless, inscrutable, omniscient,
            Hiding until our soul has seen, has heard
               The secret of her strange embodiment,
            One in the worshipper and the immobile shape,
            A beauty and mystery flesh or stone can drape.          CWSA 2: 608

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