Illusion

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by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

   God and I in space alone
      And nobody else in view.
   “And where are the people, O Lord,” I said,
   “The earth below, and the sky o’er head,
      And the dead whom once I knew?”

   “That was a dream,” God smiled and said—
      “A dream that seemed to be true.
   There were no people, living or dead,
   There was no earth, and no sky o’erhead;
      There was only Myself—in you.”

   “Why do I feel no fear,” I asked,
      “Meeting You here this way?
   For I have sinned I know full well?
   And is there heaven, and is there hell,
      And is this the judgment day?”

   “Say, those were but dreams,” the Great God said,
      “Dreams, that have ceased to be.
   There are no such things as fear or sin,
   There is no you—you never have been—
      There is nothing at all but _Me_.”

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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