CHRIST IN THE UNIVERSE
by: Alice Meynell (1847-1922)
- ITH this
- His dealings have been told us. These abide:
- The signal to a maid, the human birth,
- The lesson, and the young Man crucified.
- But not a star of all
- The innumerable host of stars has heard
- How He administered this terrestrial ball.
- Our race have kept their Lords entrusted Word.
- Of His earth-visiting feet
- None knows the secret, cherished, perilous,
- The terrible, shamefast, frightened, whispered, sweet,
- Heart-shattering secret of His way with us.
- No planet knows that this
- Our wayside planet, carrying land and wave,
- Love and life multiplied, and pain and bliss,
- Bears, as chief treasure, one forsaken grave.
- Nor, in our little day,
- May His devices with the heavens be guessed,
- His pilgrimage to thread the Milky Way
- Or His bestowals there be manifest.
- But in the eternities,
- Doubtless we shall compare together, hear
- A million alien Gospels, in what guise
- He trod the Pleiades, the Lyre, the Bear.
- O, be prepared, my soul!
- To read the inconceivable, to scan
- The myriad forms of God those stars unroll
- When, in our turn, we show to them a Man.
POEMS BY ALICE MEYNELL
"Christ in the Universe"
is reprinted from The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse.
Ed. Nicholson & Lee. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1917.