Songs of the Common Day, and Ave!

An Ode for the Shelley Centenary

by Charles G.D. Roberts


 

IN THE WIDE AWE AND WISDOM OF THE NIGHT


 

IN the wide awe and wisdom of the night
     I saw the round world rolling on its way,
Beyond significance of depth or height,
     Beyond the interchange of dark and day.
I marked the march to which is set no pause,
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     And that stupendous orbit, round whose rim
The great sphere sweeps, obedient unto laws
     That utter the eternal thought of Him.
I compassed time, outstripped the starry speed,
     And in my still soul apprehended space,
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Till, weighing laws which these but blindly heed,
     At last I came before Him face to face,—
And knew the Universe of no such span
As the august infinitude of Man.