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Poem by Mathilde Blind


Divest thyself, O Soul, of vain desire!
   Bid hope farewell, dismiss all coward fears;
   Take leave of empty laughter, emptier tears,
And quench, for ever quench, the wasting fire
Wherein this heart, as in a funeral pyre,
   Aye burns, yet is consumed not. Years on years
   Moaning with memories in thy maddened ears
Let at thy word, like refluent waves, retire.

Enter thy soul's vast realm as Sovereign Lord,
And, like that angel with the flaming sword,
   Wave off life's clinging hands. Then chains will fall
From the poor slave of self's hard tyranny
And Thou, a ripple rounded by the sea,
   In rapture lost be lapped within the All.

Mathilde Blind

Mathilde Blind's other poems:
  1. Mourning Women
  2. The Hunter's Moon
  3. The Desert
  4. Perfect Union
  5. Green Leaves and Sere

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Sidney Lanier Nirvana ("Through seas of dreams and seas of phantasies")
  • Ella Wilcox Nirvana ("A drop of water risen from the ocean")

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