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All that matters is to be at one with You, the living God;
to be a creature in Your house, O God of Life!
Like a cat asleep on a chair
at peace, in peace
at home, at home in the house of the living,
sleeping on the hearth, and yawning before the fire.
Sleeping on the hearth of the living world,
yawning at home before the fire of life
feeling the presence of You, the living God
like a great reassurance
a deep calm in the heart
as of a master, a mistress sitting on the board
in their own and greater being,
in the house of life.
D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930) was an English poet, novelist, and non-fiction writer. His most famous and famously controversial novel was Lady Chatterly’s Lover. Lawrence’s portrayal of sexuality and human instinct sparked controversy, opposition, censorship, and economic hardship for the author. His fiction is now recognized among the canon of great English novels.