Introversion

by Evelyn Underhill


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What do you seek within, O Soul, my Brother?
     What do you seek within?
I seek a Life that shall never die,
          Some haven to win
          From mortality.

What do you find within, O Soul, my Brother?
     What do you find within?
I find great quiet where no noises come.
          Without, the world's din:
          Silence in my home.

Whom do you find within, O Soul, my Brother?
     Whom do you find within?
I find a friend that in secret came:
          His scarred hands within
          He shields a faint flame.

What would you do within, O Soul, my Brother?
     What would you do within?
Bar door and window that none may see:
     That alone we may be
          (Alone! face to face,
          In that flame-lit place!)
          When first we begin
     To speak one with another.

-- from The Oxford Book of Mystical Verse, Edited by D. H. S. Nicholson / Edited by A. H. E. Lee

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