In the Beginning God Created Man
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|From Destroyers and Other Verses (Oxford, 1919)|
In the beginning God created man,
Perfect in all things, Lord of land and sea:
So close the creature to Creator ran,
It seemed to form to ape divinity.
From Adam’s side a rib He therefore took,
And making woman halved that form divine:
Who now would on God’s perfect image look
Must every grace of man and maid combine.
The severed halves of man’s once perfect soul,
Dwelling apart, their wailing never cease
Till they be joined in one primeval whole,
And in reunion find eternal peace.