What is that Oversoul that Emerson
Affirmed but what some scholars now call Mind?
It is the Ultimate, the Cosmic One
By which all of creation is designed.
Although by some Mind is personified
Poetically, hence less mysterious,
A patron who is lovingly allied
And eager to provide and foster us,
A more abstract conception pleases those
Who see the cosmos as a vast machine
Which from organic principles arose
Impersonal, implacable, unseen.
I say we humans cannot be more whole
Than that from which we spring—the Oversoul.