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1917 Excerpt: ...must, in their way, be personal affection. And
those--be they few, or be they many--are at any rate my readers, in
a sense that belongs not, and never can belong, to better, prouder'
poems. Preface, 1876. Invisible Communion WHEN you read these I
that was visible am become invisible. Now it is you, compact,
visible, realizing my poems, seeking me, Fancying how happy you
were if I could be with you and become your comrade; Be it as if I
were with you. (Be not too certain but I am now with you.) Calamus.
IV. RELIGION Passage indeed O soul to primal thought, Not lands and
seas alone, thy own clear freshness, The young maturity of brood
and bloom, To realms of budding bibles. Passage to India. WHEN I
commenced, years ago, elaborating the plan of my poems... one deep
purpose underlay the others, and has underlain it and its execution
ever since--and that has been the religious purpose.... Not of
course to exhibit itself in the old ways, as in writing hymns or
psalms with an eye to the church pew, or to express conventional
pietism, or the sickly yearnings of devotees, but in a new way, and
aiming at the widest sub-bases and inclusions of humanity, and
tallying the fresh air of sea and land. I will see, (said I to
myself, ) whether there is not, for my purposes as poet, a
religion, and a sound religious germenancy in the average human
race... deeper and larger, and affording more profitable returns,
than all mere sects or churches--as boundless, joyous, and vital as
Nature itself--a germenancy that has too long been unencouraged,
unsung, almost unknown. With science, the old theology of the East,
long in its dotage, begins evidently to die and disappear. But (to
my mind) science--and may-be such will prove its principal
service--as evidently prepares the way for O...
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