Monday, September 17, 2007


The Secret of the Universe
By Edward Dowden (1843–1913)

AN ODE(By a Western Spinning Dervish)
I SPIN, I spin, around, around,

And close my eyes,

And let the bile arise

From the sacred region of the soul’s Profound;

Then gaze upon the world; how strange! how new!
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The earth and heaven are one,

The horizon-line is gone,

The sky how green! the land how fair and blue!

Perplexing items fade from my large view,

And thought which vexed me with its false and true
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Is swallowed up in Intuition; this,

This is the sole true mode

Of reaching God,

And gaining the universal synthesis

Which makes All—One; while fools with peering eyes
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Dissect, divide, and vainly analyse.

So round, and round, and round again!

How the whole globe swells within my brain,

The stars inside my lids appear,

The murmur of the spheres I hear
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Throbbing and beating in each ear;

Right in my navel I can feel

The centre of the world’s great wheel.

Ah peace divine, bliss dear and deep,

No stay, no stop,
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Like any top

Whirling with swiftest speed, I sleep.

O ye devout ones round me coming,

Listen! I think that I am humming;

No utterance of the servile mind
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With poor chop-logic rules agreeing

Here shall ye find,

But inarticulate burr of man’s unsundered being.

Ah, could we but devise some plan,

Some patent jack by which a man
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Might hold himself ever in harmony

With the great whole, and spin perpetually,

As all things spin

Without, within,

As Time spins off into Eternity,
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And Space into the inane Immensity,

And the Finite into God’s Infinity,

Spin, spin, spin, spin.

3 comments:

drips of paint said...

eternity, immensity, infinity ... are poetry that spin itself into existence......I think,:)

Rob said...

well said my friend, after all when u break down eveything out there to atoms and electrons and even smaller, they are all spinning somehow which later becomes the infinite eternal poetry of creation ... i think
like Trismegistus said in his emerald tablets :
"As above, so below"

drips of paint said...

now I go check out who is Trismegistus ...