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Mystical Experiences of Forrest Reid
(1875 - 1947)


Forrest Reid was a novelist, critic, autobiographer, and collector. He became a distinguished book and print collector, eventually writing a definitive work on the book illustrators of the 1860s.
"It was as if I had never realized before how lovely the world was. I lay down on my back in the warm, dry moss and listened to the skylark singing as it mounted up from the fields near the sea into the dark clear sky. No other music ever gave me the same pleasure as that passionately joyous singing. It was a kind of leaping, exultant ecstasy, a bright, flame-like sound, rejoicing in itself. And then a curious experience befell me. It was as if everything that had seemed to be external and around me were suddenly within me. The whole world seemed to be within me. It was within me that the trees waved their green branches, it was within me that the skylark was singing, it was within me that the hot sun shone, and that the shade was cool. A cloud rose in the sky, and passed in a light shower that pattered on the leaves, and I felt its freshness dropping into my soul, and I felt in all my being the delicious fragrance of the earth and the grass and the plants and the rich brown soil. I could have sobbed with joy."
 

Source: Reid, Forrest. Following Darkness, (London: Arnold, 1902), p. 42. (Quoted from R.C. Zaehner's Mysticism: Sacred & Profane, (London: Oxford University Press, 1967), pp. 41-42.

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