Nox Oculis

Dora Sigerson Shorter (1866-1918)

Dora Sigerson est née à Dublin en 1866. Elle était l'ainée de quatre enfants de George Sigerson et de Hester Varian. Elle fut l'amie de Katharine Tynan et d'Alice Furlong. Elle contribua à la renaissance de la littérature irlandaise. Elle publia des textes au Irish Monthly en 1888, et au Samhain en 1902. Elle épousa en juillet 1895 Clement Shorter, critique et éditeur du The Sphere. Elle vécut ensuite à Londres.

I am the World

    I am the song, that rests upon the cloud ;
    I am the sun ;
    I am the dawn, the day, the hiding shroud,
    When dusk is done.

    I am the changing colours of the tree ;
    The flower uncurled ;
    I am the melancholy of the sea ;
    I am the world.

    The other souls that, passing in their place,
    Each in his groove ;
    Outstretching hands that chain me and embrace,
    Speak and reprove.

    ‘O atom of that law, by which the earth
    Is poised and whirled ;
    Behold! you hurrying with the crowd assert
    You are the world.’

    Am I not one with all the things that be
    Warm in the sun ?
    All that my ears can hear, or eyes can see,
    Till all be done.

    Of song and shine, of changing leaf apart,
    Of bud uncurled :
    With all the senses pulsing at my heart,
    I am the world.

    One day the song that drifts upon the wind
    I shall not hear :
    Nor shall the rosy shoots to eyes grown blind
    Again appear.

    Deaf, in the dark, I shall arise and throw
    From off my soul
    The withered world with all its joy and woe,
    That was my goal.

    I shall arise, and like a shooting star
    Slip from my place ;
    So lingering see the old world from afar
    Revolve in space.

    And know more things than all the wise may know
    Till all be done ;
    Till One shall come who, breathing on the stars,
    Blows out the sun.

    Dora Sigerson Shorter, The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse (1917)

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