by: Christina Fraser-Tytler (1848-1927)

      OMETIMES, as in the summer fields
      I walk abroad, there comes to me
      So strange a sense of mystery,
      My heart stands still, my feet must stay,
      I am in such strange company.
      I look on high--the vasty deep
      Of blue outreaches all my mind;
      And yet I think beyond to find
      Something more vast--and at my feet
      The little bryony is twined.
      Clouds sailing as to God go by,
      Earth, sun, and stars are rushing on;
      And faster than swift time, more strong
      Than rushing of the worlds, I feel
      A something Is, of name unknown.
      And turning suddenly away,
      Grown sick and dizzy with the sense
      Of power, and mine own impotence,
      I see the gentle cattle feed
      In dumb unthinking innocence.
      The great Unknown above; below,
      The cawing rooks, the milking-shed;
      God’s awful silence overhead;
      Below, the muddy pool, the path
      The thirsty herds of cattle tread.
      Sometimes, as in the summer fields
      I walk abroad, there comes to me
      So wild a sense of mystery,
      My senses reel, my reason fails,
      I am in such strange company.
      Yet somewhere, dimly, I can feel
      The wild confusion dwells in me,
      And I, in no strange company,
      Am the lost link ’twixt Him and these,
      And touch Him through the mystery.

"In Summer Fields" is reprinted from The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. Ed. Nicholson & Lee. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1917.




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