Seismos

By George Sterling

White altar! White altar!
You that lift me near to Heaven—
How exquisite is your marble!

White altar! White altar!
What earthquake rends you?
By what god are you shaken?

White altar! White altar!
What raptures possess you,
That your foundations cry aloud?

White altar! White altar!
You that take the perilous gift—
Shall new life come from your marble,
As young waters from a fountain?

White altar! White altar!
What peace is upon you,
You that lie broken and beautiful!

~George Sterling, The Nation, June 10, 1925, Vol. 120, No. 3127

Bibliography Entry