THE MYSTIC ROSE
by: Elsa Barker (1869-1954)
- , WOMAN,
am that wonder-breathing rose
- That blossoms in the garden of the King.
- In all the world there is no lovelier thing,
- And the learned stars no secret can disclose
- Deeper than mine--that almost no one knows.
- The perfume of my petals in the spring
- Is inspiration to all bards that sing
- Of love, the spirits lyric unrepose.
- Under my veil is hid the mystery
- Of unaccomplished aeons, and my breath
- The Master-Lovers life replenisheth.
- The mortal garment that is worn by me
- The loom of Time renews continually;
- And when I die--the universe knows death.
POEMS BY ELSA BARKER
"The Mystic Rose" is reprinted
from The Oxford book of English mystical verse. Ed. D.H.S.
Nicholson. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1917.