Profound the peace of Pluscarden,
As if the pine-green closing hills
Shut in the grace
Of God and all His holy Saints.
The Lauds and Matins of the past,
In that calm place,
Still seem to linger on the air
Half-heard, half-dreamt, so wholly felt
There is no time,
The soul is raised above the now,
Beyond the then. Eternity
Of faith sublime
Outlasting all the moods of fate
And savage treacheries of man,
To rise again
Triumphant from defeated stone,
And draw within its sanctuary
All human pain.
This poem was published in 1950 in PAX, the quarterly review of Prinknash Abbey. The name "R. A. Dick" is underneath, but there is no more about the identity of this person. An internet search for "R. A. Dick" reveals a writer of the same era, who wrote the novel "The Ghost and Mrs Muir", which was published in 1945 and later made into a film with the same name. "R. A. Dick" is known to have been the pen name of Josephine Aimee Campbell Leslie, who was of Scottish and Irish extraction. The tenor of Josephine Leslie's work is remarkably similar to that of the above poem; so we wonder if perhaps she and the author of the poem are one and the same.