Excerpt from A Manual of Mystic Verse: Being a Choice of Meditative and Mystic Poems
In bringing out a second edition of this mystic anthology under a new title, I feel that some explanation is required.
The original title, A Manual of Spiritual Fortification, was a stumbling block to many critics and readers. They objected to it on the score of its polysyllabic words and its length. Under the new title, however, I find that I must explain that I believe that the fortification of the spirit by means of such poems as Henley's Invictus, Trench's A Charge, Louise Imogen Guiney's The Kings, Bridges' Fortitude, is one step in the spirit's ascent toward the mystic consciousness.
Seven years, the distance between the date of the first and the second editions, is ample time for mental growth and there are many changes that I should like to have made. There are omissions among the earlier poems that I only became aware of too late. The kind guidance of Miss Vida Scudder and Mrs. Mount-Stuart (Evelyn Underhill) pointed out several of these to me.
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