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The Higher Pantheism in a Nutshell




The Higher Pantheism in a Nutshell - Algernon Charles Swinburne

 One, who is not, we see; but one, whom we see not, is; 
Surely this is not that; but that is assuredly this. 

What, and wherefore, and whence? for under is over and under; 
If thunder could be without lightning, lightning could be without thunder. 

Doubt is faith in the main; but faith, on the whole, is doubt; 
We cannot believe by proof; but could we believe without? 

Why, and whither, and how? for barley and rye are not clover; 
Neither are straight lines curves; yet over is under and over. 

Two and two may be four; but four and four are not eight; 
Fate and God may be twain; but God is the same as fate. 

Ask a man what he thinks, and get from a man what he feels; 
God, once caught in the fact, shows you a fair pair of heels. 

Body and spirit are twins; God only knows which is which; 
The soul squats down in the flesh, like a tinker drunk in a ditch. 

More is the whole than a part; but half is more than the whole; 
Clearly, the soul is the body; but is not the body the soul? 

One and two are not one; but one and nothing is two; 
Truth can hardly be false, if falsehood cannot be true. 

Once the mastodon was; pterodactyls were common as cocks; 
Then the mammoth was God; now is He a prize ox. 

Parallels all things are; yet many of these are askew; 
You are certainly I; but certainly I am not you. 

Springs the rock from the plain, shoots the stream from the rock; 
Cocks exist for the hen; but hens exist for the cock. 

God, whom we see not, is; and God, who is not, we see; 
Fiddle, we know, is diddle, and diddle, we take it, is dee.




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