August 29th, 2014

Young Mystic, Emily Bronte - Last Lines

Last Lines

by Emily Bronte (Dead at thirty)

No coward soul is mine,
No trembler in the world's storm-troubled sphere:
I see Heaven's glories shine,
And faith shines equal, arming me from fear.

O God within my breast,
Almighty, ever-present Deity!
Life -- that in me has rest,
As I -- undying Life -- have power in Thee!

Vain are the thousand creeds
That move men's hearts: unutterably vain;
Worthless as withered weeds,
Or idlest froth amid the boundless main,

To waken doubt in one
Holding so fast by Thine infinity;
So surely anchored on
The steadfast rock of immortality.

With wide-embracing love
Thy spirit animates eternal years,
Pervades and broods above,
Changes, sustains, dissolves, creates, and rears.

Though earth and man were gone,
And suns and universes ceased to be,
And Thou were left alone,
Every existence would exist in Thee.

There is not room for Death,
Nor atom that his might could render void:
Thou -- thou art Being and Breath,
And what thou art may never be destroyed.


-- from Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women, Edited by Jane Hirshfield
Poetry Chaikhana | Emily Bronte - Last Lines

Young Mystics, Muktabai - Where darkness is gone I live

Where darkness is gone I live,
where I am happy.
I am not troubled by coming and going,
I am beyond all vision,
above all spheres.
His spirit lives in my soul.

Mukta says: He is my heart's only home.


-- from The Shambhala Anthology of Women's Spiritual Poetry, Edited by Aliki Barnstone
Poetry Chaikhana | Muktabai - Where darkness is gone I live

I do not have dates for this twelvth century Hindu poet.  It is certain that her mystical experiences began early as child in poverty.  I suspect that she died while still very young.  She was the younger sister of Jnandevi.