The Life Beyond

ALTHOUGH its features fade in light of unimagined bliss,
We have shadowy revealings of the Better World in this.

A little glimpse, when Spring unveils her face and opes her eyes,
Of the Sleeping Beauty in the soul that wakes in Paradise.

A little drop of Heaven in each diamond of the shower,
A breath of the Denial in the fragrance of each flower!

A little low vibration in the warble of Night's bird,
Of the praises and the music that shall be here after heard!

A little whisper in the leaves that clap their hands and try
To glad the heart of man, and lift to Heaven his grateful eye!

A little semblance mirrored in old Ocean's smile or frown
Of His vast glory who doth bow the Heavens and come down!

A little symbol shining through the worlds that move at rest
On invisible foundations of the broad Almighty breast!

A little hint that stirs and thrills the wings we fold within,
And tells of that full heaven yonder which must here begin!

A little springlet welling from the fountain-head above,
That takes its earthly way to find the ocean of all love!

A little silver shiver in the ripple of the river
Caught from the light that knows no night for ever and for ever!

A little hidden likeness, often faded or defiled,
Of the great, the good All-father, in His poorest human child!

Although the best be lost in light of unimagined bliss,
We have shadowy revealings of the Better World in this.

by Gerald Massey

Comments (6)

To court thee to Britannia's arms! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
A great write by Phillis Wheatley👍👍👍
Ths young poetess was on a wonderful journey that was cut so short.
A beautiful ode this is with lots of poetic words and prases. There is a formality here as the one seen in the poems of this kind by some of the old masters. I content with the rhyme and the choice of words which are superb. Luis Estable
A beautiful poem that likes.
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