THE SONG OF TIME
For all my solar heraldry
And all my stellar pageantry,
I am a mere Nonentity,
If you look hard enough at me.
But from your human point of view
I am the very life of you.
I dwell wherever you men dwell
In city, desert, hill and dell
And in ways no one can foretell
I come into your life as well.
I am both pain and remedy,
Both ennui and great luxury.
I am an all-destroying sword; I am the fountain of eternity.
The ravages of Genghis Khan,
The victories of Tamerlane,
Are merely handfuls of dust thrown
Up by my powerful typhoon.
The Wests disaster-spelling reign
Is one of my stray sparks upflown.
Man and the planet he lives on
Are merely sketches I have drawn.
The sketches have as yet to don
A paintings garb; and there has gone
Into them call it foul or fair
The rich heart blood of men who dare.
lam an all-consuming fire; I am the garden of immortality.
My paradox is manifest
(To take it at its trickiest)
Eternal flux, eternal rest;
Unchangingness in changes breast.
Derive tomorrows ecstacies
From my todays wine, if you please.
You will find hidden in my mind
A hundred worlds still undefined,
Worlds of a beautifuller kind
Than yours. The worlds I have outlined
For making are new galaxies,
New suns and moons and lands and seas.
I am the element that man lives in, the milieu of divinity.
Fate is my magic powers source.
Endeavour is the source of yours.
You pitch against me your wills force,
Designing for yourself your course,
I am the desert that you rove,
Seeking the Laila that you love.
I am free as the soul is free
From attributes of quantity
Duration and extensity,
Succession and priority.
You are thc secret inside me
I am your beings mystery.
I live because you have a soul; and my abode is your souls privacy.
I am a traveller on the road:
You are my goal and my abode.
I am a field that has been sowed
And you the yield it has bestowed.
By yourself a grand orchestra,
You fill the world with your eclat.
O you, who have strayed from your way
In this world made of grades of clay,
Try to find out what part it may
Be fitting for the heart to play.
Contained in this cup you can see
The whole of beings boundless sea.
It was your own tide riding high that made the raging storm that I am be.