If I had power over the sky like God
Would I not consider this heaven from the centre
Would I not so construct another sky from the beginning
Which should easily be excellent according to the heart’s desire


F4 99

Ah Love! could you and I with Him conspire
To grasp this sorry Scheme of Things entire,
Would not we shatter it to bits--and then
Re-mould it nearer to the Heart's Desire!

HA 99

Had I, like God, control of the heavens,
Would I not do away with the heavens altogether,
Would I not so construct another heaven from the beginning
That, being free, one might attain to the heart's desire?

Nic 340

Si je possédais sur les cieux la puissance que Dieu y exerce, je les supprimerais de ce monde, et j'en construirais d'autres à ma façon, afin que l'homme libre pût ici-bas atteindre sans difficulté les désirs de son cœur.

P 641

Might I God's power o'er the universe acquire,
I'd do away with yon firmament entire
And a bran-new heaven I'd fashion me on such wise
That the righteous should eath attain his heart's desire.

Th 423

If I o'er Heaven should Godlike power acquire,
I 'd sweep away this firmament entire,
Another such, from that new Heaven I 'd make.
So the freed soul might reach its high desire.

Wh 379

Had I the power great Allah to advise,
I'd bid him sweep away this earth and skies,
And build a better, where, unclogged and free,
The clear soul might achieve her high emprise.

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