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JM in Scotland

Poems, mostly my own (I’m James Munro), and some original translations; articles on my favourite poets; and occasional posts on various matters which, like poetry, are intuitive and esoteric – think mysticism and the occult, our religious impulses before they became – or become – institutionalised. I am at present working on a collection of poems based on the Tarot, so I do mean the mystical and the occult, yes. 

But let me sum this up with a few lines from two of my favourite poets and mystics. First, William Blake:


To see a World in a Grain of Sand.
And Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of you hand,
And Eternity in an hour.

And Emily Bronte – the writer who of all writers I would most like to meet and talk to, get to know, even perhaps become her friend:


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 stedfast 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 wert 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.


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