Lake of Beauty

by Edward Carpenter

Chicago Lake 2011

Chicago Lake 2011

Let your mind be quiet, realising the beauty of the world,
    and the immense, the boundless treasures that it holds in store.

All that you have within you, all that your heart desires,

   all that your Nature so specially fits you for 
that or the
    counterpart of it waits embedded in the great Whole, for you.

    It will surely come to you.

Yet equally surely not one moment before its appointed time
    will it come. All your crying and fever and reaching out of

    hands will make no difference.

Therefore do not begin that game at all.
Do not recklessly spill the waters of your mind

    in this direction and in that,

    lest you become like a spring lost and
    dissipated in the desert.

But draw them together into a little compass, and hold them
    still, so still;

And let them become clear, so clear – so limpid, so mirror-like;
at last the mountains and the sky shall glass themselves in
    peaceful beauty,

and the antelope shall to descend to drink and to gaze at her
    reflected image,
and the lion to quench his thirst,

and Love himself shall come and bend over and catch his
    own likeness in you.

                                   - New Zealand Prayer Book, pg. 157

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