I Grant You Ample Leave

George Eliot 1819 (Nuneaton, Warwickshire) – 1880 (Chelsea, London)

"I grant you ample leave
  To use the hoary formula 'I am'
  Naming the emptiness where thought is not;
  But fill the void with definition, 'I'
  Will be no more a datum than the words
  You link false inference with, the 'Since' & 'so'
  That, true or not, make up the atom-whirl.
  Resolve your 'Ego', it is all one web
  With vibrant ether clotted into worlds:
  Your subject, self, or self-assertive 'I'
  Turns nought but object, melts to molecules,
  Is stripped from naked Being with the rest
  Of those rag-garments named the Universe.
  Or if, in strife to keep your 'Ego' strong
  You make it weaver of the etherial light,
  Space, motion, solids & the dream of Time --
  Why, still 'tis Being looking from the dark,
  The core, the centre of your consciousness,
  That notes your bubble-world: sense, pleasure, pain,
  What are they but a shifting otherness,
  Phantasmal flux of moments? --"

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George Eliot

Mary Anne Evans, better known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, journalist and translator, and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. more…

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