“O Death, who reasonest, I reason not,
Reason that scans and breaks, but cannot build
Or builds in vain because she doubts her work.
I am, I love, I see, I act, I will.
Death answered her, one deep surrounding cry:
“Know also. Knowing, thou shalt cease to love
And cease to will, delivered from thy heart,
So shalt thou rest for ever and be still,
Consenting to the impermanence of things.
But Savitri replied for man to Death:
“When I have loved for ever, I shall know.
Love in me knows the truth all changings mask.
I know that knowledge is a vast embrace:
I know that every being is myself,
In every heart is hidden the myriad One.
I know the calm Transcendent bears the world,
The veiled Inhabitant, the silent Lord:
I feel his secret act, his intimate fire;
I hear the murmur of the cosmic Voice.
I know my coming was a wave from God.
For all his suns were conscient in my birth,
And one who loves in us came veiled by death.
Then man was born among the monstrous stars
Dowered with a mind and heart to conquer thee.
1 2 3 4 5 6 “O Death, who rea son est, ~ I rea son not, ~ Rea son that scans and breaks, ~ but can not build ~ Or builds in vain ~ be cause she doubts her work. ~ I am, ~ ~ I love, ~ ~ I see, ~ ~ I act, ~ ~ I will. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Death ans wered her, ~ one deep sur roun ding cry: ~ “Know al so. ~ Know ing, ~ thou shalt cease to love ~ And cease to will, ~ de li vered from thy heart, ~ ~ So shalt thou rest ~ for ever ~ and be still, ~ Con sen ting to the im per ma nence ~ of things. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ But Sa vit ri ~ rep lied for man ~ to Death: “When I have loved ~ for ever, ~ I shall know. ~
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