THE QUEST by: James H. Cousins
THEY said: ‘She dwelleth in some place apart,
Immortal Truth, within whose eyes
Who looks may find the secret of the skies
And healing for life’s smart!’
I sought Her in loud caverns underground,--
On heights where lightnings flashed and fell;
I scaled high Heaven; I stormed the gates of Hell,
But Her I never found
Till thro’ the tumults of my Quest I caught
A whisper: ‘Here, within thy heart,
I dwell; for I am thou: behold, thou art
The Seeker--and the Sought.’ VISION by: James H. Cousins
WHEN I from life’s unrest had earned the grace
Of utter ease beside a quiet stream;
When all that was had mingled in a dream
To eyes awakened out of time and place;
Then in the cup of one great moment’s space
Was crushed the living wine from things that seem;
I drank the joy of very Beauty’s gleam,
And saw God’s glory face to shining face.
Almost my brow was chastened to the ground,
But for an inner Voice that said: ‘Arise!
Wisdom is wisdom only to the wise:
Thou art thyself the Royal thou hast crowned:
In Beauty thine own beauty thou hast found,
And thou hast looked on God with God’s own eyes.’
Rreprinted from The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse.
Ed. Nicholson & Lee. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1917.
MORE POEMS BY JAMES H. COUSINS
JAMES H. COUSINS: BIBLIOGRAPHY The Legend of the Blemished King and Other Poems (1897)
The Quest (1906)
The Bell-Branch (1908)
The Wisdom of the West (1912)
Etain the Beloved and Other Poems (1912)
The Renaissance in India (1918)
The King's Wife (1919)
The Cultural Unity of Asia (1922)
Work and Worship: Essays on Culture and Creative Art (1922)
Heathen Essays (1925)
A Tibetan Banner (1926)
Above the Rainbow and Other Poems (1926)
A Wandering Harp: Selected Poems (1932)
A Bardic Pilgrimage (1934)
Collected Poems (1940)
The Work Promethean (1970)
A Wandering Harp: James H. Cousins, a Study. C.N. Mangala. (B.R. Publishing, 1995).
James Henry Cousins: A Study of His Works in the Light of Theosophical Movement. Dilip Kumar Chatterjee. (South Asia Books, 1994).
James Cousins. William A. Dumbleton. (Twayne Publishing, 1980).
James H. Cousins: Poems - An index of poems.
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