If perfect moments on the peak of things,
These tops of knowledge, greatness, ecstasy,
Are only moments, this too enough could be.
I have assumed the rapid flaming wings
Of souls whom the Ignorance black-robed Nature brings
And the frail littleness of mortality
Can bind not always; a high sovereignty
Makes them awhile creations radiant kings.
These momentary upliftings of the soul
Prepare the spirits glorious permanence.
The peace of God, a great calm immanence
Is now my beings boundless atmosphere.
All parts are gathered into a timeless whole;
All moments last in an eternal Year.
29-9-1939 & 02-10-1939
Reference: # 116 in "Les poèmes de Sri
Aurobindo" (bilingual edition)
also in "More Poems" - 67
and "Collected Poems" - 147
all published by Sri
Aurobindo Ashram - Pondicherry
diffusion by SABDA