Sacred-Texts Christianity Angelus Silesius
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1 (II. 188)
BEING IS NOT MEASURED
|Turn wheresoe'er I will, I find no evidence|
of End, Beginning, Centre or Circumference.
2 (I. 263)
GOD NEVER EXPLORETH HIMSELF
|The Thought and Deed of Deity|
Are of such richness and extent
That It remaineth to Itself
An Undiscovered Continent.
3 (VI. 174)
IN THE SEA MANY ARE ONE
|A Loaf holds many grains of corn|
And many myriad drops the Sea:
So is God's Oneness Multitude
And that great Multitude are we.
4 (V. I)
ALL INTO ONE AGAIN
|The All proceedeth from the One,|
And into One must All regress:
If otherwise, the All remains
5 (I. 25)
GOD IS NOT GRASPED
|God is an utter Nothingness,|
Beyond the touch of Time and Place:
The more thou graspest after Him,
The more he fleeth thy embrace.
6 (I. 15)
|What hath been told of God is not enough for me:|
My life and light flow from the Super-Deity.
7 (I. 284)
MAN MUST GO BEYOND ALL KNOWLEDGE
|What Cherubs know sufficeth not: beyond their zone|
I fain would take my flight unto where nothing's known.
8 (I. 285)
THE KNOWER MUST BECOME THE KNOWN
|Naught ever can be known in God: One and Alone|
Is He. To know Him, Knower must be one with Known.
9 (I. 43)
MAN LOVETH EVEN WITHOUT KNOWING
|One only Thing I love and know not what it is:|
Because I know it not, therefore I've chosen this.
10 (V. 41)
MORE KNOWN LESS UNDERSTOOD
|The more thou knowest God, the more thou wilt confess|
That what He truly is, thou knowest less and less.
11 (I. 178)
THE BLAME IS THINE
|If gazing on the Sun endangereth thy sight,|
The blame is in thine eyes, and not in that great Light.
12 (I. 294)
GOD IS WITHOUT WILL
|We pray: Thy Will be done! and lo! He hath no Will:|
God in His changelessness eternally is still.
13 (IV. 166)
THE REST AND WORK OF GOD
|Rested God never hath, nor toiled—'tis manifest,|
For all His rest is work and all His work is rest.
14 (III. 170)
OF ETERNAL MOTION
|The secret of Eternal Motion thou wouldst learn,|
I, of Eternal Rest: which is of more concern?
15 (I. 49)
REST IS THE HIGHEST GOOD
|Rest is the highest Good. I'd keep both eyes close pressed,|
That He might have repose, were God Himself not Rest.
16 (I. 44)
THE SOMETHING MUST BE FORSAKEN
|If thou dost love a Something, Man,|
Thou lovest naught that doth abide.
God is not This nor That—do thou
Leave Somethings utterly aside.
17 (V. 328)
SIN TROUBLETH NOT GOD
|God feeleth pain for sin in thee|
As in His son,
But in His Self of Deity
He feeleth none.
18 (V. 16)
THROUGH THEE GOD LOSETH NAUGHT
|Choose, Man, which of the twain thou wilt,|
Thy self-destruction or thy peace.
Through thee God suffereth no loss,
Neither through thee hath He increase.
19 (V. 34)
GOD LOVETH NAUGHT BUT HIMSELF
|God is so dear unto Himself,|
Folded in self so utterly,
That He can never cherish love
For anything that is not He.
20 (V. 92)
GOD FORESEETH NOTHING
|God foresees nothing—'tis thy dull and blundering sense|
Doth clothe Him with the attribute of Providence.
21 (V. 173)
GOD HATH NO THOUGHTS
|God thinketh naught. Yea verily,|
Were thought in Him, then might He sway
—Which were a thing unthinkable—
Now this way, now the other way.
22 (II. 55)
GOD IS AND LIVETH NOT
|God is, but in God-wise. He loves and lives, 'tis true,|
But not as I or thou or other beings do.
23 (V. 124)
WHAT IS SPOKEN OF GOD IS MORE FALSE THAN TRUE
|Since thou dost measure God by creature qualities,|
There's more of lie than truth in thy theologies.
24 (V. 358)
GOD BECOMES WHAT HE WILLS
|Eternal Spirit, God becomes|
All that He wills to be—but still
Abideth ever as He is,
Without a form, an aim, a will.
25 (I. 115)
THOU MUST THYSELF BE SUN
|I must myself be Sun. I with my beams must dye|
The all-uncoloured Sea of the whole Deity.
26 (II. 17)
GOD DENIETH HIMSELF TO NONE
|Take, drink, all that thou wilt or canst—'tis given thee free,|
Thou hast the whole of Godhead for thy Hostelry.
27 (V. 339)
NO CREATURE FATHOMETH THE GODHEAD
|No creature fathometh how deep the Godhead is,|
Even the soul of Christ is lost in that Abyss.
28 (IV. 38)
GOD NAUGHT AND ALL
|God is a Spirit, a Fire, a Being and a Flame,|
And yet again He is not one of all these same.
29 (IV. 1)
GOD BECOMETH WHAT HE NEVER WAS
|Here in the midst of Time God doth become what He,|
The Unbecome, was not in all Eternity.
30 (II. 245)
THE GODHEAD IS MY MOTHER
|God hath begotten me—such my true genesis,|
But do thou never ask me who my Mother is.