Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

I Went in, I Knew Not Where

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

I Went in, I Knew Not Where

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I went in, I knew not where

and stayed, not knowing, but going

past the boundaries of knowing.

I knew not the place around me,

how I came there or where from,

but seeing where then I found me,

I sensed great things, and grew dumb

since no words for them would come

lacking all knowledge, but going

past the boundaries of knowing.

Of piety and of peace

I had perfect comprehension;

solitude without surcease

showed the straight way, whose intention

too secret for me to mention

left me stammering, but going

past the boundaries of knowing.

So wholly rapt, so astonished

was I, from myself divided,

that my very senses vanished

and left me there unprovided

with knowledge, my spirit guided

by learning unlearned, and going

past the boundaries of knowing.

He who reaches that place truly

wills himself from self to perish;

all he lately knew, seen newly,

seems trifles unfit to cherish;

his new knowledge grows to flourish

so that he lingers there, going

past the boundaries of knowing. …

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