Spender, Richard - Laughing Blood - Prayer after Visions
Type of Spiritual Experience
He may even have gone out of body or had a near death experience.
Paul Nash above - sunflower snd sun
A description of the experience
Prayer after Visions
Is this sorrow, God, this sickness
The price that we must pay?
Is this unbounded emptiness, O God, this heart wringing,
The sum that we must render
For that one, dear, treasured glimpse
Of High Eternity?
For that swift flight beyond the earth bound clouds
Would I again pay tears and weariness.
For one bright flash of Heaven-born flame
Would I again fall burnt and torn to earth.
That soaring through the rack and grey-scarfed night
Was worth the unrelaxing frown of tight-lipped Death.
But God, of Thy mercy, grant, O Everlasting,
More star-fired sight, more flame, O Lofty One, more Light!