Radiant Glory

The Higher Pantheism by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

The sun, the moon, the stars, the seas, the hills and the plains,﹣
Are not these, O Soul, the Vision of Him who reigns?

Is not the Vision He, tho’ He be not that which He seems?
Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?

Earth, these solid stars, this weight of body and limb,
Are they not sign and symbol of thy division from Him?

Dark is the world to thee; thyself art the reason why,
For is He not all but thou, that hast power to feel “I am I”?

Glory about thee, without thee; and thou fulfillest thy doom,
Making Him broken gleams and a stifled splendour and gloom.

Speak to Him, thou, for He hears, and Spirit with Spirit can meet﹣
Closer is He than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet.

God is law, say the wise; O soul, and let us rejoice,
For if He thunder by law the thunder is yet His voice.

Law is God, say some; no God at all, says the fool,
For all we have power to see is a straight staff bent in a pool;

And the ear of man cannot hear, and the eye of man cannot see;
But if we could see and hear, this Vision﹣were it not He?

It can be hard to hear that you, more than any other person, place, thing or circumstance, are solely and personally responsible for your connection to your Creator and His creation. It is much easier to place blame outside of yourself, but when you look at it ﹣ when you fully examine the matter ﹣ you realize that no one can make…or prevent you from knowing the truth of the statement of identity “I am I.”

Glory is about you. And not just in nature or in the kindness of others. Radiant glory is about you and it is in you. In fact, it is you.

2 thoughts on “Radiant Glory

  1. Zach

    How is it possible that anyone other than ourselves is keeping is from God’s kingdom. It is not just the choices we make that makes or breaks our connection to God, those are nothing but the natural evidence of what already exists. Our connection to God is something more innate, something that must be cherished and kindled more than anything else in our lives. We all know the feeling of that, even those that have blocked it out or pushed it away. God is always there, but we must put ourselves in the position to be able to access that availability.


  2. Coco

    Ah the great mystery, how to stay connected to the power and grace of the Omnipotent ! I love Tennyson’s clue, “Closer is He than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet.” It is through the celestial portal, the heart. That, plus a mind of reason, allow us to commune with our creator, to be certain we imbue our life’s work with his spirit, so again he has people who he can depend on to do his will in the Earth. Thanks Gregg, beautiful start to any day.


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