Sacred-Texts Christianity Angelus Silesius
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54 (I. 7)
MAN MUST GO BEYOND GOD
|Where is my hiding-place? Where there's nor I nor Thou.|
Where is my final goal towards which I needs must press?
Where there is nothing. Whither shall I journey now?
Still farther on than God—into a Wilderness.
55 (I. 199)
GOD BEYOND THE CREATURE
|Go, where thou canst not go; see, where light never breaks;|
Hear, where no sound is heard: then art thou where God speaks.
56 (IV. 23)
|Who in this mortal life would see|
The Light that is beyond all light,
Beholds it best by faring forth
Into the darkness of the Night.
57 (II. 6)
NOTHING IS THE BEST CONSOLATION
|Best Consolation is in Naught.|
If God should quench His shine, then dare
In naked Nothingness to find
Thy Consolation in despair.
58 (I. 126)
DESIRE EXPECTS FULFILMENT
|If thou hast still for God a yearning and desire,|
Then doth He not embrace thee yet, whole and entire.
59 (I. 76)
TO WILL NAUGHT IS TO BE LIKE GOD
|Willing and seeking naught, God is eternal peace:|
Willest thou likewise naught, thy peace is even as His.
60 (II. 248)
STILLNESS IS LIKE UNTO THE ETERNAL NAUGHT
|Stillness and Loneliness are liker naught than Naught:|
These willeth then my Will, if my Will willeth aught.
61 (I. 98)
THE DEAD WILL RULETH
|God needs must do my Will, if Will in me is dead:|
I write for Him His Paradigm and Copy-head.
62 (V. 207)
THE GREATEST DEED
|The greatest Deed that thou canst do|
For God, is to be deedless—best,
Suffering, to suffer unto God,
And, resting, unto Him to rest.
63 (V. 195)
GOD IS FOUND IN IDLENESS
|Who sits in utter Idleness|
Shall come much sooner to the goal
Than he who runneth after God
With sweat of body and of soul.
64 (IV. 31)
THE BLESSED IDLENESS
|Both John upon the breast and Mary at the feet|
Do nought but pass the happy hours away in sweet
Love-dalliance with God.—I would not stir at all,
Could I be idle so, even though the sky should fall.
65 (I. 171)
GOD IS FOUND BY NOT SEEKING
| God is not here nor there.|
Thou seekest where He may be found?
Bound be thy hands and bound thy feet,
Body and soul be bound.
66 (I. 240)
THE PRAYER OF SILENCE
|So high above all things that be|
Is God uplifted, man can dare
No utterance: he prayeth best
When Silence is his sum of prayer.
67 (II. 63)
THE DEAF HEARETH THE WORD
|Unto my hearing momently the Eternal Word doth come|
—Believe it, friend, or not—when I am deaf and dumb.
68 (I. 239)
GOD IS PRAISED IN SILENCE
|Thinkest thou, foolish man, that with thy clapping tongue|
Praise of the silent Godhead fitly can be sung?
69 (V. 366)
|A Heart, as God would have it, wholly still and mute.|
Loves to be played upon by Him—it is His lute.
70 (II. 169)
SAMENESS BEHOLDETH GOD
|Be naught as all and all as naught, then art thou proved|
Worthy to see the face of God, the Well-Beloved.
71 (I. 125)
SAMENESS HATH NO PAIN
|To whom all things are one, to him all things are well,|
No matter though he lie deep in the pit of Hell.
72 (II. 134)
|The man who hath no fatherland,|
Who walks a stranger everywhere,
Though he abide in Hell he'll find
His darling country even there.
73 (II. 42)
NO HARM IN WHAT IS UNDERNEATH
|Who sits above the mountain-tops|
And high above the clouds doth ride,
Cares little when the lightnings flame
And the loud-crashing thunders chide.
74 (V. 136)
ALL IS ALIKE TO THE WISE MAN
|All things are one to the Wise Man;|
He sitteth peacefully and still;
Is his will thwarted, none the less
All things befall as God doth will.
75 (V. 85)
WHO KNOWETH NAUGHT IS AT PEACE
|Had Adam never plucked the Tree|
Of Knowledge and grown wise,
He then had dwelt eternally
At peace in Paradise.
76 (I. 85)
HOW GOD'S WORD IS HEARD
|If thou wouldst hear the Eternal Word speak unto thee,|
First must thou wholly lose the hearing faculty.
77 (II. 8)
MAN LEARNETH BY BEING SILENT
|Be silent, silent, dearest one,|
Only be silent utterly.
Then far beyond thy farthest wish
God will show goodness unto thee.
78 (II. 19)
THE HIGHEST IS STILLNESS
|Doing is good; far better prayer;|
But best of all if thou dost come
Into the presence of the Lord
With quiet footfall, still and dumb.
79 (V. 221)
THE DEAD HEAR NOT
|The man who's dead unto himself|
Rests tranquil in his thought,
Though all the world speak ill of him.
How so?—Dead men hear naught.
80 (I. 134)
NOT PERFECTLY DEAD
|If over this and that thou makest such a stir,|
Then art thou not yet laid with God in the sepulchre.
81 (II. 214)
WORKS HAVE LIKE WORTH
|Have no distinctions. Angels would at God's behest|
As lief cart dung as play their harps or take their rest.
82 (II. 152)
THE DIVINEST OF ALL
|Naught more divine than this—whatever the event,|
In this world or the next, to be indifferent.
83 (VI. 191)
WORLD FORSAKEN, LITTLE FORSAKEN
|The whole great World is naught. Little has thou resigned,|
Though thou hast banished all the World out of thy mind.
84 (VI. 142)
ON FORSAKING THE WORLD
|Need oftentime determines deed;|
And thou dost leave the world, maybe,
Thy heart foreboding that the world
Which thou dost leave is leaving thee.