by: Margaret Deland (1857-1945)
- Y one great Heart the Universe
- By Its strong pulse, stars climb the darkening blue;
- It throbs in each fresh sunsets changing hue,
- And thrills through low sweet song of every bird:
- By It, the plunging blood reds all mens veins;
- Joy feels that heart against his rapturous own,
- And on It, Sorrow breathes her sharpest groan;
- It bounds through gladnesses and deepest pains.
- Passionless beating through all Time and Space,
- Relentless, calm, majestic in Its march,
- Alike, though Nature shake heavens endless arch,
- Or mans heart break, because of some dead face!
- Tis felt in sunshine greening the soft sod,
- In childrens smiling, as in mothers tears;
- And, for strange comfort, through the aching years,
- Mens hungry souls have named that great Heart, God!
POEMS BY MARGARET DELAND
"Life" is reprinted from
The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. Ed. Nicholson
& Lee. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1917.