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Poem by Rudyard Kipling

Chartres Windows

Colour fulfils where Music has no power:
       By each mans light the unjudging glass betrays
All mens surrender, each mans holiest hour
       And all the lit confusion of our days
Purfled with iron, traced in dusk and fire,
       Challenging ordered Time who, at the last,
       Shall bring it, grozed and leaded and wedged fast,
       To the cold stone that curbs or crowns desire.
Yet on the pavement that all feet have trod
       Even as the Spirit, in her deeps and heights,
Turns only, and that voiceless, to her God
       There falls no tincture from those anguished lights.
And Heavens one light, behind them, striking through
Blazons what each man dreamed no other knew. 

Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling's other poems:
  1. The First Chantey
  2. The Last of the Light Brigade
  3. Limits and Renewals. 1932. 14. The Expert
  4. The Covenant
  5. Limits and Renewals. 1932. 15. The Curé

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