Christopher Pearse Cranch

(1815-1892 / the USA)

Gnosis - Poem by Christopher Pearse Cranch

Thought is deeper than all speech,
Feeling deeper than all thought:
Souls to souls never can teach
What unto themselves was taught.

We are spirits clad in veils;
Man by man was never seen;
All our deep communing fails
To remove the shadowy screen.

Heart to heart was never known;
Mind with mind did never meet;
We are columns left alone
Of a temple once complete.

Like the stars that gem the sky,
Far apart though seeming near,
In our light we scattered lie;
All is thus but starlight here.

What is social company
But a babbling summer stream?
What our wise philosophy
But the glancing of a dream?

Only when the Sun of Love
Melts the scattered stars of thought,
Only when we live above
What the dim-eyed world hath taught,

Only when our souls are fed
By the Fount which gave them birth,
And by inspiration led
Which they never drew from earth,

We, like parted drops of rain,
Swelling till they meet and run,
Shall all be absorbed again,
Melting, flowing, into one.

Comments about Gnosis by Christopher Pearse Cranch

  • (3/15/2017 11:44:00 PM)

    Simply superb life song, rich in rhyme, rhythm and meaning too. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

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  • Amar Agarwala (3/15/2017 7:56:00 PM)

    Reading Christopher Pearse for the first time... and am left spell-bound by the mastery of his verses and the depth of his thoughts. Full Marks! ! (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (3/15/2017 2:28:00 PM)

    I like this entirely! I was dubious at first but I fell into that whirlpool he was spinning and enjoyed his every thought and image. He nailed it! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Seamus O' Brian (3/15/2017 1:34:00 PM)

    Intriguing contemplations on the distinction of the consciousness from the soul, and the inability of souls to interact directly without interfacing the intervening consciousness entities. We (as inner realities distinct from our material entities) never touch each other. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (3/15/2017 5:54:00 AM)

    Great poem- sweet and philosophical. Loved reading it. Thank you PH.
    What is social company
    But the glancing of a dream?
    (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (3/15/2017 3:27:00 AM)

    what a brilliant prophetic poem written by a great mind? born of the universe! (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (3/15/2017 2:28:00 AM)

    Stars that gem the sky.... thanks for sharing.... (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/15/2017 1:51:00 AM)

    Drops of rain! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (3/15/2017 1:23:00 AM)

    Gnosis, is my type of poem, into the favourites it goes.++10 (Report) Reply

    Seamus O' Brian (3/15/2017 1:28:00 PM)

    As I was reading this, I thought to myself, 'Robert would enjoy this one! ' Truly, a mindful man's poem.

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (3/15/2017 12:35:00 AM)

    ...Shall all be absorbed again,
    Melting, flowing, into one...................................... believe so once after long centuries gone.......believe so and enjoyed your ultimate dream.
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  • (6/2/2014 8:09:00 PM)

    ...........a beautiful poem full of great meaning...enjoyed... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 24, 2010

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