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Many Gods   By: (1872-1943)

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MANY GODS

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MANY GODS

BY

CALE YOUNG RICE

NEW YORK DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY MCMX

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, INCLUDING THAT OF TRANSLATION INTO FOREIGN LANGUAGES, INCLUDING THE SCANDINAVIAN

COPYRIGHT, 1910, BY DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY PUBLISHED, FEBRUARY, 1910

TO

FINIS KING FARR

AN OLD

AND DEAR COMRADE

CONTENTS

PAGE

"ALL'S WELL" 3

THE PROSELYTE RECANTS 6

LOVE IN JAPAN 10

MAPLE LEAVES ON MIYAJIMA 13

TYPHOON 15

PENANG 17

WHEN THE WIND IS LOW 20

THE PAGODA SLAVE 22

THE SHIPS OF THE SEA 25

KINCHINJUNGA 26

THE BARREN WOMAN 29

BY THE TAJ MAHAL 32

LOVE'S CYNIC 35

IN A TROPICAL GARDEN 42

THE WIND'S WORD 46

THE SHRINE OF SHRINES 47

FROM A FELUCCA 48

THE EGYPTIAN WAKES 49

THE IMAM'S PARABLE 50

SONGS OF A SEA FARER 52

A SONG OF THE SECTS 54

THE CITY 57

VIA AMOROSA 58

DUSK AT HIROSHIMA 60

THE WANDERER 61

IN A SHINTO TEMPLE GARDEN 64

FAR FUJIYAMA 65

ON MIYAJIMA MOUNTAIN 66

OLD AGE 68

ON THE YANG TSE KIANG 69

THE SEA ARMIES 71

THE CHRISTIAN IN EXILE 73

THE PARSEE WOMAN 75

SHAH JEHAN TO MUMTAZ MAHAL 77

PRINCESS JEHANARA 79

A CINGHALESE LOVE LAMENT 80

ON THE ARABIAN GULF 83

THE RAMESSID 84

IMMORTAL FOES 85

THE CONSCRIPT 87

NAVIS IGNOTA 89

THE CROSS OF THE SEPULCHRE 91

THE NUN 92

ALPINE CHANT 94

THE MAN OF MIGHT 96

IN TIME OF AWE 97

SUNRISE IN UTAH 99

CONSOLATION 100

WAVES 102

VIS ULTIMA 104

MEREDITH 106

MANY GODS

"ALL'S WELL"

I

The illimitable leaping of the sea, The mouthing of his madness to the moon, The seething of his endless sorcery, His prophecy no power can attune, Swept over me as, on the sounding prow Of a great ship that steered into the stars, I stood and felt the awe upon my brow Of death and destiny and all that mars.

II

The wind that blew from Cassiopeia cast Wanly upon my ear a rune that rung; The sailor in his eyrie on the mast Sang an "All's well," that to the spirit clung Like a lost voice from some aƫrial realm Where ships sail on forever to no shore, Where Time gives Immortality the helm, And fades like a far phantom from life's door.

III

"And is all well, O Thou Unweariable Launcher of worlds upon bewildered space," Rose in me, "All? or did thy hand grow dull Building this world that bears a piteous race? O was it launched too soon or launched too late? Or can it be a derelict that drifts Beyond thy ken toward some reef of Fate On which Oblivion's sand forever shifts?"

IV

The sea grew softer as I questioned calm With mystery that like an answer moved, And from infinity there fell a balm, The old peace that God is , tho all unproved. The old faith that tho gulfs sidereal stun The soul, and knowledge drown within their deep, There is no world that wanders, no not one Of all the millions, that He does not keep.

THE PROSELYTE RECANTS

( In Japan )

Where the fair golden idols Sit in darkness and in silence While the temple drum beats solemnly and slow; Where the tall cryptomerias Sway in worship round about And the rain that is falling whispers low; I can hear strange voices Of the dead and forgotten, On the dimly rising incense I can see The lives I have lived, And my lives unbegotten, Namu Amida Butsu pity me!

I was born this karma Of a mother in Chuzenji, Where Nantai zan looks down into the lake; Where the white thronged pilgrims Climb to altars in the clouds And behold the holy eastern dawn awake... Continue reading book >>




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