To a Snowflake by Francis Thompson:
What heart could have thought you? --
Past our devisal
(O filigree petal!)
Fashioned so purely,
From what Paradisal
Too costly for cost?
Who hammered you, wrought you,
From argentine vapor? --
"God was my shaper.
He hammered, He wrought me,
From curled silver vapor,
To lust of His mind --
Thou could'st not have thought me!
So purely, so palely,
Insculped and embossed,
With His hammer of wind,
And His graver of frost
Is the meaning of the bolded phrase "this is beyond our (or my) guessing"?
"You (mere people) are unable to guess how he hammered and wrought me"?
I looked up the meaning of "surmisal" in dictionaries but am not sure still.
- Surmisal (noun): Thought, imagination, or conjecture, which may be based upon feeble or scanty evidence; suspicion; guess.
- Reflection; thought; posit.
Could it mean "the God was passing his surmisal while he hammered and wrought me"? I mean, like a decision is passed by a court?