A NEW HYMN FOR SOLITUDE
by: Edward Dowden (1843-1913)
- FOUND Thee in my heart, O Lord,
- As in some secret shrine;
- I knelt, I waited for Thy word,
- I joyed to name Thee mine.
- I feared to give myself away
- To that or this; beside
- Thy altar on my face I lay,
- And in strong need I cried.
- Those hours are past. Thou art not mine,
- And therefore I rejoice,
- I wait within no holy shrine,
- I faint not for the voice.
- In Thee we live; and every wind
- Of heaven is Thine; blown free
- To west, to east, the God unshrined
- Is still discovering me.
POEMS BY EDWARD DOWDEN
"A New Hymn for Solitude"
is reprinted from The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse.
Ed. Nicholson & Lee. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1917.