by: Elsa Barker (1869-1954)
the orient darkness of thine eyes,
- The eyes of God interrogate my soul
- With whelming love. The luminous waves that roll
- Over thy body are His dream. It lies
- On thee as the moon-glamour on the skies;
- And all around--the yearning aureole
- Of His effulgent being--broods the whole
- Rapt universe, that our love magnifies.
- O thou, through whom for me Infinity
- Is manifest! Bitter and salt, thy tears
- Are the heart-water of the passionate spheres,
- With all their pain. I drink them thirstily!
- While in thy smile is realized for me
- The flaming joys of archangelic years.
POEMS BY ELSA BARKER
"Microprosopos" is reprinted
from The Oxford book of English mystical verse. Ed. D.H.S.
Nicholson. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1917.