From the Green Book of the Bards

by Bliss Carman


 

"LORD OF MY HEART'S ELATION"


 

Lord of my heart's elation,
Spirit of things unseen,
Be thou my aspiration
Consuming and serene!

Bear up, bear out, bear onward

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This mortal soul alone,
To selfhood or oblivion,
Incredibly thine own,—

As the foamheads are loosened
And blown along the sea,

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Or sink and merge forever
In that which bids them be.

I, too, must climb in wonder,
Uplift at thy command,—
Be one with my frail fellows

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Beneath wind's strong hand,

A fleet and shadowy column
Of dust or mountain rain,
To walk the earth a moment
And be dissolved again.

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Be thou my exaltation
Or fortitude of mien,
Lord of the world's elation
Thou breath of things unseen!