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The Quest

This song is by Romowe Rikoito and appears on the album Āustradēiwa (2005).

A part, immutable, unseen
Being, before itself had been
Became. Like dew a triple queen
Shone as the void uncovered:
The silence of deep height was drawn
A veil across the silver dawn
On holy wings that hovered

The music of three thoughts became
The beauty, that is one white flame
The justice that surpasses shame
The victory, the splendour
The sacred fountain that is whirled
From depths beyond that older world
A new world to engender

The kingdom is extended. Night
Dwells, and I contemplate the sight
That is not seeing, but the light
That secretly is kindled
Though oft-time its most holy fire
Lacks oil, whene'er my own Desire
Before desire has dwindled

I see the thin web binding me
With thirteen cords of unity
Toward the calm centre of the sea
(O thou supernal mother!)
The triple light my path divides
To twain and fifty sudden sides
Each perfect as each other

Now backwards, inwards still my mind
Must track the intangible and blind
And seeking, shall securely find
Hidden in secret places
Fresh feasts for every soul that strives
New life for many mystic lives
And strange new forms and faces

My mind still searches, and attains
By many days and many pains
To That which Is and Was and reigns
Shadowed in four and ten;
And loses self in sacred lands
And cries and quickens, and understands
Beyond the first Amen

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