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 Post subject: "The Heralds"
PostPosted: February 17th, 2015, 6:24 pm 
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No, never bid farewell to beauty, never take,
Leave of delight, but wave it welcome: it is thine.
Farewell to Beauty? These that in her livery shine
Are heralds to proclaim her advent: for her sake
Royally receive them; let them, when they must, be gone;
But while they stay, the treasures of thy soul explore
For wonderment, be rich in praise for every one.
Find more to give, but yet incomparably more
Keep than thou givest, pledging it one alone,
For she that's coming is beyond comparison.

'Heaven is here' the peacock cries, to prove it true
Proffering the full cup of his beauty in repose.
Then miracle on miracle it overflows,
And he, all eyes, from every eye his magic throws.
Marvel as thou hast never marvelled, yet see through
That veil, a glimpse, and still be poor, as one that knows
Kingfisher only, dazzling, fleeting instant of blue.

If thou hast ever felt the blood drained from thy check
By flight of flute over a water of plucked strings,
With surge, rising, falling, of viols, and throb of drum,
Or in a garden, Summer's height, nearing a bed
Of lilies, thou hast felt thy soul borne up on wings,
That fragrance, like that music, did in prophecy speak.
Count them as pledges of beatitude to come,
Or if thou canst, find it within thee: Truth hath said
That Heaven is within us; they shall find who seek.

When homewards after length of absence thou dost turn,
In soul then to that inward Orient face about.
The differences undiscern, lessons unlearn,
And be home as for a Paradise devout.
Say not, 'The joys of here below are but a loan,
Brief wayside welcome'. Say: 'Both journeys' ends are one',
And count the days, for in that welcome, never doubt,
Love can, if so thy course be set, reveal her power,
Breath of the Spirit: lover and belovèd in full flower
It sweeps beyond the limits of this world far out
T'wards whence they each to other came, heralds to tell
Great tidings. No, never to Beauty bid farewell,
But go to meet her; set forth now, this day, this hour.
-- Martin Lings, "The Heralds" in Collected Poems, pp. 40-1

O ánima mea, ama Amórem ab ætérno te amántem.

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