Heaven Above, Heaven Below


Vyacheslav Ivanov

Night opens wide the burning Macrocosm,—

And heaven's hierarchies come into view

Lo, the spirit sings, and the elements dance

Interwoven with snaky locks of starlight.

And the Microcosm grows distinct in the deep night:

We hear the roar of elements spinning inside us,—

And behold our own hierarchical assemblage

From close stars to dim-eyed spots of light.

There is a milky way in the soul as in the heavens;

There is a multitude in both of these creations:

The same word is stamped in both of these books —

And twin scales measure the same weight.

There is a He in the flames of depths revealed;

There is an I in the deepest miracles.


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