A NEW ORPHIC HYMN
by: Sir Lewis Morris (1833-1907)
- HE PEAKS, and the starlit skies,
the deeps of the fathomless seas,
Immanent is He in all, yet higher and deeper than these.
- The heart, and the mind, and the soul, the thoughts and the
yearnings of Man,
- Of His essence are one and all, and yet define it who can?
- The love of the Right, tho cast down, the hate of victorious
- All are sparks from the central fire of a boundless beneficent
- Oh, mystical secrets of Nature, great Universe undefined,
- Ye are part of the infinite work of a mighty ineffable Mind.
- Beyond your limitless Space, before your measureless Time,
- Ere Life or Death began was this changeless Essence sublime.
- In the core of eternal calm He dwelleth unmoved and alone
- Mid the Universe He has made, as a monarch upon his
- And the self-same inscrutable Power which fashioned the sun
and the star
- Is Lord of the feeble strength of the humblest creatures
- The weak things that float or creep for their little life
of a day,
- The weak souls that falter and faint, as feeble and futile
- The malefic invisible atoms unmarked by mans purblind
- That beleaguer our House of Life, and compass us till we
- All these are parts of Him, the indivisible One,
- Who supports and illumines the many, Creations Pillar
- Yea, and far in the depths of Being, too dark for a mortal
- Lurk His secrets of Evil and Wrong, His creatures of Death
and of Pain.
- A viewless Necessity binds, a determinate Impetus drives
- To a hidden invisible goal the freightage of numberless lives.
- The waste, and the pain, and the wrong, the abysmal mysteries
- Come not of themselves alone, but are seed and issue of Him.
- And Mans spirit that spends and is spent in mystical
- Oh, the depths of the fathomless deep, oh, the riddle and
secret of things,
- And the voice through the darkness heard, and the rush of
POEMS BY SIR LEWIS MORRIS
"A New Orphic Hymn" is
reprinted from The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse.
Ed. Nicholson & Lee. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1917.